David Jones commitment to a living wage
David Jones is committed to the payment of a living wage. This commitment forms part of our broader Ethical Sourcing Strategy, which aims to drive continuous improvement in environmental, social and ethical standards along our supply chain.
In line with the globally recognised Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code, David Jones' Supplier Code of Conduct outlines our minimum requirements in relation to a range of ethical sourcing issues, including our expectation that our suppliers ensure that their factories pay a living wage - that is that wages are sufficient to provide for some discretionary income, over and above the legal minimum standards or industry benchmarks in each country.
We are deeply committed to our ethical sourcing journey. Each year since 2013, our rating in the Australian Ethical Fashion Report has improved incrementally, reflecting our continued efforts and progress. This year we a received an overall rating of B+ and, along with some other brands, received a special mention for our approach to living wages.
While good progress has been made, we (like many other retailers) still have some work to do, to understand whether our expectations regarding the payment of a living wage are being met by our suppliers and their factories.
In practice, there are a number of challenges in terms of implementation, including a lack of clarity about what constitutes a living wage in each of the different countries and regions we source from. To help us work through some of these issues, we have committed to conducting a living wage pilot project between now and 2020, as part of our four-year Ethical Sourcing Strategy. Our approach will be to work our suppliers, other retailers and other like-minded stakeholders to achieve the payment of the living wage along our supply chain.
For more information, please go to the ethical sourcing page on our Good Business Journey website at davidjones.com.au/ethicalsourcing or click on this link.