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“We applaud all the brands that have made that commitment, but one in particular stood out this year for all the right reasons. We congratulate Lorna Jane, which we’ve declared the ‘nicest’ brand on our list. It’s the only brand that has already completed and published the results of a wage gap analysis.” Oxfam Media Release
At Lorna Jane, we are serious about social accountability, ethical sourcing, and our responsibilities as a producer of fashion under the Australian Government’s Modern Slavery Act 2018. We are focused on continuous improvement and investment in our ethical sourcing program, and this includes a commitment to paying a living wage for all involved in the manufacture of our products. We have also adopted a Modern Slavery Statement as part of our compliance with the Australian Government regulations. This Statement is our primary reporting method.
Read Lorna Jane FY22 Modern Slavery Statement
For over 33 years, Lorna Jane have been advocates for the empowerment of women all over the world. Just as we do for those who wear our garments, we have a responsibility to empower the women who make them as well. To mark our commitment in ensuring all the women who make our clothes can live decent lives and lift themselves out of poverty, we have completed a wage gap analysis which details key milestones as well as our commitment to paying above the living wage. We have published a step-by-step strategy outlining how this will be achieved here.
What is a living wage?
A living wage should be earned in a standard workweek (no more than 48 hours) by a worker and be sufficient to afford a decent standard of living for the worker and their family. Elements of a decent standard of living include food, housing, healthcare, clothing, education, transportation, energy and water. It also includes some money that can be put aside for unexpected events.
In June 2022 we partnered with one of our longstanding external human rights and supply chain consultants to complete a living wage audit. Further useful information in relation to the methodology for the audit that our external human rights and supply chain consultants conducted in relation to Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China can be found here.
We proudly manufacture with a few key apparel suppliers with the approach to deliver the best quality every time. We recognise the value in transparency and our mission is to minimise our impact on our planet and maximise our positive impact on humanity. We require all of our apparel suppliers and factories to comply with manufacturing standards set by our internal code of conduct and these independent auditing methodologies :
WRAP - Wordlwide Responsible Accredited Production
BSCI - Business Social Compliance Initiative