With so much available to us as consumers, it can be difficult to shop ethically. With that in mind, we would like to share with you a few of the ways that Baptist World Aid Australia can help to make your Christmas shopping more ethical this year.
The Little Book 0f Big Gift Ideas
Want your gifts to mean more this Christmas? Why not give hope with a Big Gift? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…
- Choose a Big Gift: each gift you choose will help families – and whole communities – and there are lots to choose from!
- Pass it on: you’ll receive a card to give to your friends and family. And when you do, you’ll be sharing your heart for people in poverty.
- Big Gifts, big impact: We’ll make sure you gift is used in the most impacting ways possible.
Ethical Fashion Guide
Many of our clothes are produced at the cost of another’s freedom. The Ethical Fashion Guide empowers you to purchase ethically this Christmas. In the guide we’ve assessed 219 fashion brands and focused on two key things:
- The overall grades companies received in the 2015 Australian Fashion Report (www. baptistworldaid.org.au/assets/Be-Fair-Section/FashionReport.pdf)
- Whether the brand guarantees their workers receive a living wage. A living wage is a wage that is sufficient for workers to ensure they can afford basic necessities – food, water, shelter and electricity for themselves and their dependants– with a little left over for discretionary spending or emergency savings.
Ethical Electronics Guide
Based on our findings, published in the 2015 Electronics Industry Trends Report, the electronics industry has not made the progress we were hoping to see in the last 18 months. The median grade for a company was a low C- and no company had actively implemented a living wage. That being said, 61% of companies actively engaged with Baptist World Aid Australia during the report’s research process.
Going forward we hope this engagement, along with consumer advocacy, would lead to improved practices in the industry. This Christmas, we would encourage you to preference those companies who are at least beginning to take steps towards protecting the workers in their supply chains from exploitation.