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Who are you wearing? Or, perhaps a better question: Are you wearing ethical clothing? Baptist World Aid Australia is urging consumers to check their fashion brands to ensure their clothes are ethical. […] Read More

There are costs for the goods we consume beyond what we pay at checkout. The hidden costs not reflected in the price tag on clothing items we purchase – including working conditions, wages, treatment of workers and environmental impacts – are explored in the fifth edition of Baptist World Aid Australia’s (BWAA) annual ethical fashion […] Read More

What is the cost of clothing? Not simply, what is the price paid at the register, but what is the human cost to produce them? What is “the story behind the barcode”? These questions are at the heart of a newly released Ethics Fashion Guide, now in its fourth year of publication, produced by Baptist […] Read More

Fashion companies have improved oversight of fabric producers but remain largely ignorant of raw materials sources and labor conditions, according to a Baptist World Aid Australia investigation of 87 companies and 308 brands. “In 2013, 41 percent of companies had engaged in some effort to know their input suppliers (e.g., where their fabric is produced), […] Read More

Electronic companies have policies in place against using forced and child labor, but most fail to ensure that these guidelines are followed in all production stages, according to a Baptist World Aid Australia report. These findings were part of a BWA Australia investigation of 56 electronic manufacturers. Each received a grade from A to F […] Read More

Fellow believers have said to me recently that Christianity and politics don’t mix, and our focus should be evangelism. This view, or some variant on it, seems to be held by many Christian politicians as well. In a recent discussion with a member of government, he expressed shock with how his party was treating asylum […] Read More

Baptist World Aid Australia released a report this week grading electronics companies based on their ethical practices. Practices used included paying a living wage, protecting workers and ethically sourcing materials. The grades were not good, as no company received an “A” and only one received partial credit for paying a living wage. Although the Ethical […] Read More

This story has been revised after being notified that the Kmart and Target companies referenced in the report are Australian companies no longer affiliated with the U.S. companies. Baptist World Aid Australia released a report this month grading fashion companies based on their ethical practices. Although the report, called The Ethical Fashion Guide, evaluates fashion […] Read More

Australian Baptists account for only an estimated 1.6 percent of the Australian population, but they played an important role in getting their government to reverse its declining foreign aid budget and to pledge an increase from $2.5 billion to $4 billion by 2010. That about-face came in no small measure from three Baptists: Les Fussell, […] Read More

Care for a Pacific Island holiday with sun drenched beaches, towering palms, crystal oceans and brilliant reefs? Scientists tell us that within a generation or two global warming may well bring an end to such adventures. And it’s not just your holiday that is under threat. Pacific island states depend on their coastlines for tourist […] Read More