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At Postie we place immense value on our relationships with our suppliers, working closely with them to foster respect, understanding and open communication.
Recognising the unprecedented impact that COVID-19 has had on the workers in our supply chain, Postie is joining other apparel retailers in collaborating to protect global garment workers through the International Labour Organisation’s ‘Call to Action’ initiative (ILO). The ILO allows groups within the Garment industry to work together with governments and financial institutions to support manufacturers to survive the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect garment workers’ income, health and employment.
This global action also calls for work on sustainable systems of social protection for a more just and resilient garment industry. You can read more about the ILO Call to Action here.
Postie, along with other companies across New Zealand and Australia, has committed to participating in six key commitments set out by Baptist World Aid and Tearfund. These commitments aim to support workers in the supply chain by building back even better after the devastating impacts of COVID-19 both for our workers, and the world. You can read more about the Baptist COVID Fashion Commitments here.
During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown all Postie stores were closed, which had a significant impact on our business, but we made sure to keep in regular communication with our international partners to check in on their wellbeing - not just production status.
We take an active interest in understanding our supplier’s infection control procedures including; social distancing, the provision of hand sanitiser and extra cleaning, as well as suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) being made available to all workers.
The shift in trading patterns that we saw during the COVID lockdown motivated us to work in partnership with our suppliers to amend some orders, always considering the production status of all orders. We continue to pay suppliers for all goods received and honour our commitments for future orders.
Now that our stores have re-opened, and most of our factories in China, Bangladesh and India are coming out of their regional shutdowns, we have been able to place orders with our supply base, actively discuss longer term production plans, and continue to monitor the impact of the pandemic to ensure measures are being taken to protect the rights and safety of all workers.