Social and Ethical Compliance
About Black Pepper
Established in 1976, Black Pepper is proud to have earned the reputation for making quality lifestyle leisurewear for women in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Our extensive range of styles and colours are designed at our head office in Melbourne Australia. At the heart of the design process, we have always had comfort, superior fit, timeless style, fabric durability, and ease of care in mind.
Black Pepper is owned by The PAS Group, one of Australia’s leading Apparel Groups.
The PAS Group’s social and ethical compliance code is founded on values of fairness, integrity accountability, sustainability and respect. These values are encompassed in all that we do and further more govern the brands growth.
Labour and Human Rights
The PAS Group places a high level of importance on delivering high quality products and recognizes the critical role of our suppliers within this process.
The PAS Group adheres to an Ethical Sourcing Code which complies with human rights and social justice standards. In turn all of our operations including those of our suppliers are committed to ensuring labour and human rights are respected and ethical behaviours are enforced.
To ensure all our products are ethically sourced and manufactured our factories must comply with all of the below statements:
- Employees must meet the minimum age requirement;
- Employee working hours and overtime legislation must be complied with;
- Employee wages must meet the minimum requirement;
- Employees work within a healthy and safe environment;
- Factories enforce an anti-discrimination policy;
- Factories adhere to environmental and occupational health and safety standards.
All businesses within The PAS Group conduct regular factory audits ensuring all suppliers are compliant with our code of conduct. If we find any evidence of unethical or non-compliance to minimum standards we take action by ceasing to place future orders with that company until they prove their standards are at required levels. If they fail to prove this, then we cease supply.
- Designworks (the business within The PAS Group that sources products from Bangladesh) is also a signatory to the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety;
- JETS Swimwear (the swimwear and activewear business within The PAS Group) produces approximately 70% of its collection in Australia and all its products are certified by Ethical Clothing Australia.
The PAS Group is a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant, a scheme established by the Federal Government in conjunction with the governments of the states and territories for the reduction of packaging waste and the promotion of increased use of recycling materials.
The PAS Group and all its businesses have a policy of not using fur, angora or mulesed wool.
For The PAS Group’s Ethical Sourcing Policy, please click here.