Australian owned Outland Denim has defended the controversial Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Report.

The report, which has earned the ire of some retailers, rewarded the brand with an A+ grade for disclosing its supplier arrangements.

Founder James Bartle said the company takes a holistic approach to staff development.

This includes providing English and tailoring lessons, budgeting and self-defense classes and a host of other employment benefits.

"From the outset we were very intentional with our approach to our staff, from remunerating them with living wages to their treatment when they are in the Outland production house," he said.

Outland Denim is driven by an ethos of zero exploitation, and was founded as a training, employment, and career progression avenue for those who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing, human trafficking injustices.


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