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Whilst we’re all about having a good time and not taking ourselves too seriously, one thing that we do take seriously is ensuring our products are made responsibly. We acknowledge sustainable and ethical operations drive positive change – not just for our customers or our own team members, but also for our suppliers and their team members. From transparency in production, our business ethics, innovation and our workplace culture, there’s a whole lot that’s important to us at Jay Jays.
We align to international standards of ethical sourcing to make sure we source our clothing responsibly. ‘Ethical Sourcing’ involves assessing, addressing and respecting the human rights of all workers in our supply chain. Everyone has the right to work and live in freedom from exploitative practices. As our supply chain evolves, our governance practices are adaptable to meet new challenges and changing conditions.
We are dedicated to continuous improvement and actively engage with our teams, suppliers, government and non-government bodies to effectively identify and address risks of unethical practices. All of our commitments are underpinned by our values and commitment to make meaningful and lasting change.
We are committed to the highest standards of ethical and responsible sourcing and are proud to be taking steps to become more sustainable in our product offering.
Jay Jays partner with Better Cotton to improve cotton farming globally.
Better Cotton’s mission is to help cotton communities survive and thrive, while protecting and restoring the environment. Better Cotton trains farmers to use water efficiently, care for soil health and natural habitats, reduce use of the most harmful chemicals and respect workers’ rights and wellbeing.
Better Cotton is sourced via a chain of custody model called "mass balance". This means that Better Cotton is not physically traceable to end products, however, Better Cotton Farmers benefit from the demand for Better Cotton in equivalent volumes to those we 'source'.
The Just Group is committed to sourcing at least 25% of our cotton as Better Cotton by 2025.
Recycled polyester is used in a selection of our garments using existing materials in the supply chain to help create this new fabric. With a low reliance on resources such as water and energy, this fabric leaves a smaller impact on our environment.
In addition to our work with Better Cotton:
We recognise the social and environmental impacts that our purchasing decisions have, and share our customers’ full engagement in understanding where our products are made and that they are sourced responsibly and ethically.
Policies are only one part of our work in safeguarding human rights in our supply chain – but policies alone cannot sufficiently mitigate the risks vulnerable workers may face in the countries we source our products from.
Therefore, our Ethical Sourcing Program has a range of measures and procedures to support existing international human rights standards and local laws in the jurisdictions in which we operate.
Our sourcing model and policies enable us to make responsible sourcing decisions and ensure that risks are identified, managed and mitigated within our framework. This includes:
In addition, we are a supporter brand member of the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors. This increases the professionalism, consistency and credibility of the people and organisations that conduct social compliance audits in the countries we source from.
Our work provides us with data driven insights into our factory partners. With transparency and integrity being key principles of our program, we continue to develop the necessary capacity building and remediation programs to address any issues that are identified.
The Supplier Ethical Code of Conduct (Code of Conduct) has been written using the key human rights principles from International Labour Organization (ILO) core standards and The United Nation’s Guiding Principles on Human Rights (UNGPs).
All suppliers must sign our supply Terms and Conditions, of which the Code of Conduct is part , before they can work with us. The Code of Conduct is reviewed annually to ensure we are proactively addressing human rights issues or legislative changes that need to be updated in our policies.
A Living Wage will provide workers with compensation for a regular working week that meets their basic needs as well as a level of discretionary income.
In addition to compliance to local laws, we strongly encourage all suppliers they work with to pay workers a living wage.
Our full position on Living Wage with our work to date and future milestones can be read here.
We have a zero tolerance to modern slavery in all its forms. We recognise our responsibility in helping to reduce the incidence of modern slavery.
Jay Jays is part of Premier Investments Limited (ASX:PMV), and our Modern Slavery Statements further outline our Ethical Sourcing program and actions to address Modern Slavery in the supply chain. You can read our Modern Slavery statements on the Just Group website here.
Through continued collaboration with community partnerships, we believe it’s important to have a positive impact where we work and live.
In addition to our work with our international partners, in our stores we are also committed to continuous improvement to ensure our customers and team members to have great experiences.
Initiatives we have implemented include:
We strive to create a great place to work that is safe, inclusive and has the best talent who can connect with current and emerging customer needs.
We believe that every workplace should be free from discrimination and we pride ourselves on our commitment to diversity within our teams.
We have a dedicated Ethical Sourcing team who lead the delivery, development and improvement of our ethical and sustainability programs. Our team also conducts training at all levels of our organisation and our factory partners.
In addition to our team members based in Melbourne, the Just Group have a Merchandising office in Dhaka, Bangladesh with dedicated team members responsible for Ethical Sourcing & Compliance working directly with our factory partners.
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and communities. We pay respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders, past present and emerging.