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Ethical threads : corporate social responsibility in the Australian garment industry

by Diviney, Emer | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Lillywhite, Serena.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2007Description: 16 p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 16)Summary: This research is the first comprehensive investigation of the Australian garment sector s attitude to, and knowledge of, corporate responsibility in relation to labour rights. The report documents both the opportunities and the challenges facing the sector in demonstrating responsible and sustainable business practice. The study also documents Australian garment companies awareness of working conditions, laws, regulations and voluntary mechanisms and includes industry recommendations for improving both compliance and socially responsible practice.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).

Hunter Gatherer: a case study in apparel design and manufacture /

by Video Education Australasia.

Publisher: 2002Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (26 min.) : sd., col.Notes: This program examines how the Brotherhood of St Laurence set up its stores for contemporary clothing and started its own label, `Hunter Gatherer'. It follows a RMIT design student through the stages from designing to marketing.Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Markets /

by Aspers, Patrik.

Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. Polity Press 2011Description: xiii, 202 p. : ill.Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 180-198) and index.Summary: Our lives have gradually become dominated by markets. They are not only at the heart of capitalistic economies all over the world, but also central in public debates. This insightful book brings together existing knowledge on markets from sociology, economics and anthropology, and systematically investigates the different forms of markets we encounter daily in our social lives. Aspers starts by defining what a market actually is, analyzing its essential elements as well as its necessary preconditions and varied consequences. An important theme in the book is that a whole host of markets are embedded within one other and in social life at large, and Aspers discusses these in the context of other forms of economic coordination, such as networks and organizations. Combining theory with empirical examples, the book cuts to the core of understanding how different markets function, the role they have played in history, and how they come into being. This accessible and theoretically rich book will be essential reading for upper-level students seeking to make sense of markets and their complex role in social life.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

National garment industry sustainability roundtable : summary report /

by St James Ethics Centre.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. St James Ethics Centre 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: 29th of January 2010 "Held at Investment Centre Victoria Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, Melbourne." "Discussions about Travelling textiles: a sustainability roadmap of natural fibre garments report and garment product roadmap produced by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the broader sustainability impacts in this industry."Summary: On Friday 29 January 2010 in Melbourne 32 stakeholders across the garment industry representing business, industry, government and NGOs gathered to discuss the findings and recommendations stemming from the Travelling textiles: a sustainability roadmap of natural fibre garments report and garment product roadmap produced by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the broader sustainability impacts in this industry.Availability: (1)

No sweatshop label at Hunter Gatherer /

by Video Education Australasia.

Publisher: 2002Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (28 min.): sd., col.Notes: Looks at `Hunter Gatherer', a social enterprise set up to design and market clothing as part of the change in the Brotherhood of St Laurence since July 1999, when Father Nic Frances became Executive Dorector. Examines Social Entrepreneurship, Triple Bottom Line Accounting and Globalisation.Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Orderly fashion : a sociology of markets /

by Aspers, Patrik.

Publisher: Princeton, NJ Princeton University Press 2010Description: x, 237 p. : ill.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: For any market to work properly, certain key elements are necessary: competition, pricing, rules, clearly defined offers, and easy access to information. Without these components, there would be chaos. "Orderly Fashion" examines how order is maintained in the different interconnected consumer, producer, and credit markets of the global fashion industry. From retailers in Sweden and the United Kingdom, to producers in India and Turkey, Patrik Aspers focuses on branded garment retailers--chains such as Gap, H&M, Old Navy, Topshop, and Zara. Aspers investigates these retailers' interactions and competition in the consumer market for fashion garments, traces connections between producer and consumer markets, and demonstrates why market order is best understood through an analysis of its different forms of social construction. Emphasizing consumption rather than production, Aspers considers the larger retailers' roles as buyers in the production market of garments, and as potential objects of investment in financial markets. He shows how markets overlap and intertwine and he defines two types of markets - status markets and standard markets. In status markets, market order is related to the identities of the participating actors more than the quality of the goods, whereas in standard markets the opposite holds true. Looking at how identities, products, and values create the ordered economic markets of the global fashion business, "Orderly Fashion" has wide implications for all modern markets, regardless of industry.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Public comment form for the draft apparel and footwear sector supplement. / :with Brotherhood comments

by Global Reporting Initiative | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. unpub. 2005Description: 13 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: May 2005 Return comments by 28 August 2006Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Recycled clothing operation /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: 1999Description: 1 videocassette (VHS).Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Review of textile clothing & [and] footwear assistance : Productivity Commission post 2005 tariff and industry assistance [submission]. / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2003Description: 6 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: This submission is based on the BSL's involvement in the textile industry as both a manufacturer and retailer, and recognises home based outworkers as amongst some of the most marginalised, low income and vulnerable workers in Australia. In addition, the Federal Government's decision on post-2005 tariff and industry assistance measures is seen as crucial to the future of the industry in Australia.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Submission re the fifteen recommendations in the TCF Review report Building innovative capability. /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2009Description: 11 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2009 Contact: Emer Diviney, Research and Policy Centre Bibliography: p. 11Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1).

Submission to the Review of the Australian Textile Clothing and Footwear Industries. / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Diviney, Emer.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: iv, 16 p.Other title: Brotherhood of St Laurence submission to the Review of the Australian Textile Clothing and Footwear Industries.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The Australian garment sector is at a critical point in ensuring that it remains innovative, competitive and sustainable. This review creates a timely opportunity to consider mechanisms to facilitate this. The Brotherhood of St Laurence submission has confirmed five key areas for consideration: 1. Developing and maintaining a well-trained, technologically advanced, TCF industry in Australia. This is despite a high proportion of manufacturing in the Australian TCF sector now occurring offshore. The industry needs to be supported to ensure it can foster niche markets, innovative design and market responsiveness. 2. Supporting the industry to improve its performance in relation to ethical supply issues, and keeping abreast of international trends in both mandatory and voluntary corporate responsibility. This will foster ongoing access to international markets and allow Australian companies to capitalise on the growing market for ‘ethical’ goods. 3. Increasing industry collaboration to ensure that initiatives developed to assist the TCF sector reflect the needs of the industry’s diverse stakeholders, including companies, contractors, educators, workers, unions, NGOs and government. 4. Improving corporate responsibility both overseas and in Australia through raising industry and community awareness of labour rights and environmental issues and regulatory frameworks and improving enforcement of laws and regulations. 5. Making a commitment to ethical sourcing in local and overseas supply chains a requirement for government programs, subsidies and tenders. Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1).

The rag trade in Brunswick : its problems and potential. /

by Lo Bianco, Joe | Boland, Anna.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. CURA, for Brunswick Secondary Education Council 1980Description: 36 p. Bibliography.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The representation and governance of outworking in the Australian clothing industry /

by Sutherland, Elissa A | University of Newcastle (N.S.W.). School of Environmental nd Life Sciences.

Publisher: Newcastle, N.S.W. Unpub. Thesis University of Newcastle 2003Description: xi, 284 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.Notes: Thesis (Ph.D.) - University of Newcastle, 2003 University of Newcastle. School of Environmental and Life Sciences. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 258-284)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Travelling textiles : a sustainability roadmap of natural fibre garments /

by Diviney, Emer | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Lillywhite, Serena.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. St James Ethics Centre 2009Description: 76 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2009 Bibliography : p. 71-76 "Discussions about this report located in the National garment industry sustainability roundtable summary report."Summary: The Australian Government (Treasury) has funded St James Ethics Centre to promote responsible business practice (RBP) in Australia. The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) is one of a number of organisations involved in the project. In collaboration with Green Capital and NetBalance, a product road mapping component has been undertaken. A product roadmap is a tool to better understand the environmental and social impacts of a particular product throughout the supply chain, and to assess ways in which these impacts can be mitigated. The BSL's focus was to develop a roadmap of the garment sector. This report and case study is the roadmap of two natural-fibre garments. It reveals how SMEs in the Australian textile and clothing sector could be assisted to improve their sustainability practice.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).

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