Baptist World Aid Australia - Behind the Barcode

Baptist World Aid Australia, a not-for-profit Christian aid and development organization, releases an annual PDF report that sheds light on what the fashion industry and individual companies are doing to address forced labor, child labor and exploitation. The report covers large global brands and brands operating in Australia and New Zealand. The report includes a range of infographics and annual comparisons and analysis, and tracks progress. To put this report together, Baptist World Aid Australia collects data from companies, with input from some third-party verifiers/certification schemes; and reviews entity-submitted survey responses together with verifying documents such as third-party audit documents. Findings are shared with the evaluated brand for comment and further input before publication. Brands that chose not to respond are indicated in the publication.

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# and type of entity418 Brands
Region Global
FrequencyAnnually
# of metrics disclosed52
# of data points gathered per entity110
Year of first public disclosure2013
Data collection method Secondary desk research
Data verification methodBrand / Retailer Self disclosure, Desk-Based Third Party Verification (Based on Entity-Submitted Documents and Public Sources)
Themes evaluated Child labor , Environment , Forced labor , Freedom of association collective bargaining and industrial relations , Gender discrimination , Labor administration and inspection , Non-discrimination harassment and equality , Occupational health and safety , Purchasing practices , Transparency , Wages , Working time
Vehicle for disclosurePDF
Cost to accessFree
Intended users of the DisclosureBrands and retailers, Unions, Governments, Consumers, Investors, NGOs and civil society