APG & Co has recently updated its Supplier Code of Conduct (Code) and is currently working through the process of getting a signed agreement to the new Code from all of its current suppliers. It is hoped that, over time, this process will extend beyond our first tier suppliers, to all levels of APG & Co's supply chain and operations (including all authorised sub-contractors and raw materials suppliers). All new suppliers to APG & Co are required to agree to adhere to the Code, and to sign and return the Supplier Commitment, as part of the vendor procurement process.
The Code sets out the minimum standards of ethical and responsible behaviour that APG & Co expects from its suppliers and business partners. It is based on International Labour Organization (ILO) standards, national legislative requirements and accepted best business practice. The Code is to be followed in conjunction with the APG & Co Global Sourcing Principles, and it sets out fundamental requirements for all of our suppliers and business partners.
APG & Co has developed a set of principles to provide internal governance related to the contracting of goods and services from external parties. These principles outline how APG & Co approaches its sourcing strategy, as well as supplier engagement and evaluation, contract authorisation, execution and implementation, and contract monitoring. These principles include requirements mirrored from the APG & Co Supplier Code of Conduct such as forced labour, debt bondage, unfair wages or working hours.
Each season, we source the best textiles and fabrics from across the globe, partnering with premium mills and suppliers whose values align with our own. Each fabric is selected for the best hand-feel and ease of wear, providing the basis for our range of contemporary investment pieces and core-essentials.
Like most fashion retailers, APG & Co is aware of the potential risks of modern slavery practices in its supply chains, and we are therefore committed to continuous process of review of our entire supply chain and operations, including raw material sourcing.
APG & Co will publish an annual Modern Slavery Statement as required by the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth). These statements describe the actions we take to assess and address our modern slavery risks and can be accessed here.
APG & Co actively supports practices which value and comply with human rights and social justice standards. Our intent is to engage with suppliers to ensure recognised labour and human rights are respected and met, environmental impacts are avoided or minimised to protect the environment, and ethical behaviours are adopted across all of our operations, including those of our suppliers, as part of our commitment to improving social compliance standards.
At APG & Co we endeavour to provide quality work for the people who are involved in our supply chains. As part of our wider strategy on human rights, we want to understand how we can improve wage systems for the workers who are engaged within our business and supply chains.
APG & Co unites with the growing proportion of the fashion industry which is focused on closing the gap between the minimum wage and a living wage for all workers within the apparel supply chain.
APG & Co is committed to an open, fair and supportive workplace. In line with our ethical framework, we promote a culture of honest and ethical behaviour, corporate and regulatory compliance. We recognise the important role whistleblowers perform within the Group and encourage the reporting of issues where there is a belief there has been a breach of the Group’s polices or the law. The purpose of this policy is to inform individuals how they can make whistleblower disclosures and how these will be investigated. It also informs individuals of the whistleblower protections available to them.
This Code outlines the standard of personal and professional conduct that all APG & Co employees must strive to uphold.