Some of the country’s most respected companies, including fashion brand Jil Sander, car manufacturer Toyota, and telecommunications giant Bell, have a long-standing relationship with textile industry suppliers.
Jil and Toyota have both been the subject of a number of investigations into their use of foreign labour and the companies have faced heavy fines.
In response to the allegations, the Australian government last year announced that it would ban textile exports to China.
Toyota has also recently admitted it has a contract with the Chinese textile giant Dalian Wanda Group to supply the company’s clothing line in the country.
JIL SANDERS has been named in at least 10 investigations relating to its work with Chinese textiles supplier, DalianWandaGroup, but it has also been named as a defendant in a separate case by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) which alleges that the company has made deceptive marketing claims about its product and failed to disclose that it was using foreign workers.
JALON TEXTILES Australia-based Jalon Textiles is Australia’s largest textile supplier and has an extensive network of overseas factories.
Jalont’s head of corporate communications, Steve Brown, told the ABC that the organisation’s relationship with Jil is a long established one, but said he could not comment further due to the ongoing investigation.
Mr Brown said the company was in discussions with the ACCC to establish a joint venture and he could provide no further details at this time.
Mr Jalons textile supplier has also denied the ACCCC’s claims.
In a statement to the ABC, the company said it was committed to ensuring that it met all labour laws in Australia.
“We are very confident in our compliance with Australian labour laws, including our sourcing policies and practices, which include mandatory minimum standards and a zero-tolerance policy on the use of forced labour in the manufacture of our products,” it said.
“As part of our commitment to the highest standards of labour, we provide a comprehensive range of training and technical assistance to all our employees.”
JALO, the parent company of JilSanders, has also strongly denied the claims against it.
Jalo said it had “an open and transparent supply chain”, and that “all of our suppliers adhere to our stringent labour laws”.
JALOS textiles products have a high level of manufacturing quality, which is also consistent with Australia’s laws and practices.
JALS Textiles has also faced multiple investigations relating the use and misuse of foreign workers in Australia’s textile industry, and in 2013 the company admitted it had failed to properly inform the Australian Government about the use, exploitation, and exploitation of its overseas workers.
In 2014, the ACCAC launched a series of investigations of JALOs suppliers into their alleged use of labour and false advertising in the clothing industry.
Jals Textiles said it accepted the ACCCO investigation, and had not engaged in any activity to mislead the Australian public.
Jalin Sander’s spokesperson, Stephen Fenton, told Business Insider that the clothing company was pleased the ACCCA had chosen to launch its investigation into Jalos textile supplier.
“It is an unfortunate situation for Jalin and the industry as a whole,” he said.
“[But] the ACC’s decision to investigate Jals is a good first step in providing clarity to Australian workers and their suppliers and making sure that our suppliers comply with Australian law and standards.”