Our nest is part of a bigger ecosystem, our decisions impact this generation and future generations. Climate change is an urgent issue for the world we live in and reducing our environmental footprint is a central focus for us at birdsnest. It is a continual improvement process adopting what we are learning about sustainability and circularity in the fashion industry into what role we can play in that.
As you may know, we stock around 250 brands and have nine exclusive bird brands that we design in-house. We are absolutely committed to ethical sourcing across all areas of our business. On each item page on our site you are able to find where this garment was made in the list of features and we are building on that information, providing more details as we gather them.
For the nine exclusive bird brand labels that we design in-house, we have a close relationship with the manufacturers and are able to have the greatest influence and transparency. Up to 50% of these styles are made in Australia, and the remainder are made either in China, particularly for knitwear, or India, chosen for their beautiful fabric printing and embroidery work.
Approximately 8 out of 9 bird brands include garments that are manufactured on our local shores in partnership with pattern makers, cutters and sewers in Sydney. And we also stock many proudly Australian designed and made labels. You can also filter your search on our catalogue pages by using the “Made In” filter on the left hand side and selecting “Australia”.
We are currently collating the stories behind our supplier partnerships so please check back soon to meet our makers! As we progress, we aim to provide you with more information about each style, telling the stories behind the people who make your clothes so you too can feel the precious connection with the talented hands and souls that sewed your clothes.
BIRD KEEPERS & BELLE BIRD
Come behind the scenes and meet Susan, the designer behind our much-loved exclusive labels belle bird and bird keepers
BIRD BY DESIGN
Say hello and get to know to Yen, the designer behind our crowd favourite exclusive label bird by design.
NATURALS & THAT BIRD LABEL
Join us in getting to know Hannah, the designer behind our exclusive brands natural for birds and that bird label.
HANDPICKED BY BIRDS
Meet the gorgeous Peta, the creative brain behind our playful exclusive label, Handpicked by birds.
Our exclusive label boho bird is designed in house by our very talented designer Peige.
Sit down and get to know Elle, our very talented designer and dressmaker behind our exclusive label Moonlight bird
For our bird brands, we have hand selected each supplier for their craftsmanship and their cultural fit with birdsnest, assessed through meetings and regular visits to their factories. As part of partnering with us, each supplier signs up to the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code of conduct which is founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and is an internationally recognised code of labour practice. It covers the following principles:
- Employment is freely chosen
- Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
- Working conditions are safe and hygienic
- Child labour shall not be used
- Living wages are paid
- Working hours are not excessive
- No discrimination is practiced
- Regular employment is provided
- No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed.
And while we are confident in our supplier partners, we are committed to ensuring compliance to these principles and so have implemented a social compliance audit program for our suppliers, currently conducted by an independent body called QIMA. We believe in working together with our suppliers to continually improve and influence positive change.
In 2019, we became a foundation member of the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) and in 2022 we became full members. Through their mentorship we are striving for continuous improvement beyond audits, whereby we acknowledge our associations with our suppliers as long term partnerships, and aim to keep abreast of the human rights challenges within each region we produce.
We acknowledge we can contribute to our production partner’s capacity for Ethical Trade through our purchasing practices. Our Responsible Sourcing Policy was established via a collective process involving the whole design team in reflection of the 9 bird brands we design in-house, and it is a guideline we use and refer to regularly during our day to day dealings with all of production partners.
For the brands that we purchase wholesale (rather than design in-house) we have also put in place the ETI Base Code as the minimum we require in order to partner with any supplier. We want to be confident about our suppliers’ practices, and while we do not have the resources to audit each one, our expectations are clear. We believe together we can influence positive change and better practices.
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