Outland Denim, the world’s most humanitarian denim, has received the Thomson Reuters 2020 Stop Slavery Enterprise Award for Small & Medium Sized Companies. The award recognises companies around the world that have taken concrete steps to eradicate forced labour from their supply chains and business operations. The announcement was made as the Australian-based brand prepares to launch in Nordstrom and Bloomingdales in February.
This is the brand’s second nomination in the awards, and first win. Fellow nominees included Alsico Laucuba Ltd and Regenesys BPO. Outland Denim founding CEO James Bartle was in London to accept the award.
“It's time for small, medium and large business to stand and stop accepting slavery as part of our products or services. It is time for us to stop turning a blind eye or hoping it doesn’t exist; we need to actively look for it,” said Outland Denim Founding CEO, James Bartle.
Outland Denim jeans are crafted in the label’s stand-alone production and finishing facilities in Cambodia, which was founded to offer holistic support, training and employment to young women who have experienced exploitation, human trafficking and other human rights violations. The company provides a living wage, education and other benefits for its staff, and each of its seamstresses are trained across all aspects of garment making.
In late 2019, Outland Denim opened their first stand-alone Wash and Finishing Facility equipped with state-of-the-art water and energy reducing technology, allowing the brand to have greater control over their environmental impact while pursuing their social mission.
Outland Denim’s raw materials are sourced from suppliers who excel in social and environmental responsibility. Every button, rivet and stitch is carefully selected with the intention to minimize impact on the environment and mitigate the risk of exploitation in the supply chain.
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About OUTLAND DENIM
Outland Denim crafts premium denim jeans designed to bring the worlds of their seamstresses and customers closer together. Outland Denim sources the finest raw materials from around the world to create garments with environmental integrity while offering employment and training opportunities to women rescued from human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Outland Denim is Australia’s first Certified B CorporationⓇ denim brand.
Bartle was recently named one of Sourcing Journal’s Rivet 50 members for 2019. In 2019, the brand also became a Global Fashion Agenda Associate Partner.
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