Sustainability & Responsibility
Supporting The Centre For Women & Co.
100% of our profits - yes really, absolutely all the profits - fund primary prevention work at The Centre for Women & Co. related to preventing violence and de-stigmatising mental health issues. You can read more on our Social Change page.
Social Traders Accredited
Social Traders certification confirms a social enterprise has been verified by Social Traders. This ensures that the enterprise meets the definition of a social enterprise in that it:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- has a defined primary social purpose, environmental or other public benefit⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- derives a substantial portion of its income from trade⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- and reinvests 50% or more of annual profits towards achieving the social purpose (operationalised as the costs to the organisation of delivering on its primary purpose).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
By becoming Social Traders certified we’re able to connect with other social enterprises that can supply products, services and social impact with our business and government buyer members, as well as other stakeholders interested in working with social enterprises.⠀
T-Shirts and Totes
Our empowering t-shirts are both stylish and ethical. As an organisation that is centred around empowerment we take ethical clothing very seriously to ensure our t-shirts are made in a safe and fair working environment. her.platfom shop has two suppliers for the t-shirts; AS colour and Ramo. These two clothing brands share our values regarding ethical fashion.
AS Colour identified women’s health as underprioritised in the garment industry and partnered with Reemi, a non-profit organisation, to change this. Together, they provide health education and innovative, culturally appropriate, self-sterilising menstrual solutions to female garment workers in two of AS Colour’s factories. Through this collaboration, AS Colour demonstrates its commitment to investing in female worker empowerment and improving income for women in their supply chain. ‘Our strategy to address gender discrimination is to partner with organisations that provide education and support to workers. Our partnership with Reemi is part of this strategy, as, through this, female workers
are given access to menstrual healthcare information, as well as menstrual products. This empowers women and helps them to realise their value in the workplace. It also prevents them from having to take time off work when they’re menstruating.
Read more about AS Colour in the 2021 Ethical Fashion Report by Baptist World Aid.
Furthermore, we actually print our tees and totes in our warehouse in Underwood. We order in what our customers have ordered, and we print them to size, style and colour. This allows us to avoid ordering in bulk and reduce wastage.
We use Hero Packaging for all of our orders. These packages are made from cornstarch so they are 100% compostable. Furthermore, they are reusable so we can actually use ones sent to us for orders and our customers are able to re-use their own again too. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle...somewhere along the way the world skipped straight to recycle. To reduce plastic, we don't purchase bubble wrap or plastic wrap for any packaging. Any plastic used in packaging has been reused by the team at The Centre for Women & Co. and brought into our shop to reduce and reuse. But perhaps most exciting is our pick up option. We have an option where customers can come into our warehouse and pick up with 'naked packaging' AKA zero packaging and zero shipping. So it's lower cost for you and for us. Plus, less travel by couriers to deliver parcels and less packaging.
Oils and Mists
Our oils and mists are sourced through a local, female-led small business, who employs mainly women in the Logan area.