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Ethical Purchasing Towards Better Education & Poverty Alleviation

Education is everything in relation to alleviating poverty for the next generation in any community world wide.

For all of us to play a small part in this is easy. Basically we just need to purchase ethically wherever possible. So workers in developing countries can then be paid a decent wage to be able to afford to put their kids into school. A huge factor in breaking the generational poverty cycle.

It sounds ridiculously simple. Yet the concept works by putting all of us in control of this situation. It just needs a genuine will to turn rhetoric into action. From RREPP's perspective, we focus as a business on products aligned to two of the most exploitive industries in the world. The Garment industry and the Sports Ball manufacturing industry. Yet RREPP does things completely differently – it works within an ethically aligned business model that looks after people and planet.

Fast fashion and cheap sports balls come at a cost. Not only do they create extra landfill and stress on the environment because they are cheaply made and therefore have a short life span, there is also someone, somewhere else in the world, that is paying the true cost !!!

We see people exploitation here in Australia on far too frequent a basis. Wage theft by major retail chains, and by restaurants run by high profile celebratory chefs, has frequently been exposed by our media. It shouldn't happen in regulated countries like Australia, yet somehow it does. So you can only imagine what is going on behind the curtain in developing countries where Western businesses get most of their products made !

So for Schools, Sporting Clubs and larger Corporates, next time you speak to your School Uniform Polo, Sports Ball, or merchandise supplier, why not ask them who is actually making the products that they are selling to you. Are your suppliers working with ethical supply chains. Are the workers that are making their products being paid a decent wage so they can comfortably put food on the table for their families, and send their kids to school. Are your suppliers formally certified and third party audited to ensure basic human rights and ethical standards are adhered to for all workers throughout their entire supply chains ? Or is worker exploitation and child labour a hidden scourge where out of sight is out of mind. And over-ridden by unrealistic budgets and the need for cheap at any cost !

None of us in the western world would tolerate being exploited and under paid for our hard work. So why should it be any different in developing countries. Just because we refuse to look behind the curtain and ask the right questions. Kids going to school and being given an education can and will stop generational poverty. Yet if these same kids parents are not being paid enough and are continually exploited by western suppliers to save us all a few dollars, then none of us are playing a role as global citizens in this world.

We all need to be the change. With larger organisations such as Schools, Sporting Clubs and the Corporate sector, leading the way within their purchasing policies. Do we awaken or do we continue to sleep ? Do we take control and start asking the right questions, or do we just sit back and ignore, and continue to be part of the problem ?

images courtesy of World Vision

Scott Goddard & The RREPP Team
Founding Director

m. 0422 004 954
e. scott@rrepp.com.au
www.rrepp.com.au

Social Enterprise specialising in:

Fairtrade Certified Match quality Sports Balls
Organic & Fairtrade Certified School Uniform Polos & Tees
Organic & Fairtrade Certified Corporate Polos & Tees

Posted in ethical certifications on Monday 22nd June 2020

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Sustainable Ethically Made Uniform Polos - Is Your School Ready To Swap

Have you ever wondered how your School could make a significant social and environmental impact, simply through the everyday purchasing you are already doing ? Something where every single day, your students would be wearing your schools values, whilst at the same time being reminded of their place in the world as global citizens and change makers.

The fast fashion industry which includes the school uniform space, for decades has been ethically and morally questionable. An untold story unceremoniously unveiled in the documentary 'The True Cost . You can take a look at the trailer HERE

Yet of the 10000 + schools across Australia, only FOUR have their students wearing sustainable, ethically made 100% Organic & Fairtrade certified School Uniform Polo's.

Socially & Environmentally conscious grassroots purchasing is where change happens. So RREPP congratulates our wonderful clients Lane Cove West, Rozelle, Turner and Orange Grove Primary School's for taking action and purchasing a more ethical and healthier uniform option for their students, with the support of their school communities.

So if your School would like to know more, just contact us at info@rrepp.com.au . The best change happens when we are in full control of making that change happen. So this is a loud shout out to all Primary School P&C's !

No one ever made a difference in this world by being like everyone else ! We would love to have you on board !
 

Scott Goddard & The RREPP Team
Founding Director

m. 0422 004 954
e. scott@rrepp.com.au
www.rrepp.com.au

Social Enterprise specialising in:

Fairtrade Certified Match quality Sports Balls
Organic & Fairtrade Certified School Uniform Polos & Tees
Organic & Fairtrade Certified Corporate Polos & Tees

Posted in breaking the poverty cycle on Wednesday 10th June 2020

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RREPP Update + Free Gift Offer For World Fairtrade Day 9th May 2020

                                                                                       

Hi Everyone. We hope our latest newsletter finds you all safe and well.

There is no doubt that things have been pretty tough for everyone of late. Yes we are all in this together, yet we also need to recognise that some are doing it tougher than others. For RREPP it has certainly been a very challenging time in the evolution of our business. We have been in lockdown along with our ethically aligned Fairtrade certified supply chains overseas. And our main customer base which is our Schools, Sporting Clubs and many of our Corporates, have also been in lockdowns which has been tough on everyone.

Yet it has been especially difficult for our overseas workers of whom most come from vulnerable communities. And whose Governments have not been as generous or concerning for their citizen's welfare compared to countries like Australia. Yet as a truly ethically aligned and sustainable business, RREPP's focus during the pandemic has remained fixated on our core values which align the following:

1) Being grateful for what we have and appreciative of our workers and customers for continuing to be supportive during these challenging times (see the above video from RREPP's Founding Director Scott Goddard)

2) Ensuring our workers are ok, and not just through our words yet through our actions as well.

Committing to the latter during these difficult times has been extremely important to us. And has been achieved via the following actions by the RREPP business:

i) Supporting our workers wages by 100% honouring our order committments. Many major retail brands throughout Australia & the World have abruptly cancelled orders with their supply chains. Orders previously committed to, including completed orders, without any payments having been made. Behaviour that has left many businesses and workers in developing countries destitute. In contrast, RREPP, with the support of our customers, have not only honoured all orders we have committed to, we have also either paid in full for orders almost completed before shutdowns were enforced, or paid 50% deposits up front for orders not yet started. So helping play a part in our workers being paid an income during India's lockdowns. Income that has been supplemented by the businesses we work with.

ii) Staying in constant contact with our executive teams overseas who are ensuring workers rights, safety and mental health are being monitored.

iii) Monitoring and assisting workers who may be in more vulnerable positions than others during isolation. So in conjuction with our supply chain Unions, Welfare Officers have been placed on call to assist workers where required.

iv) Behind the scenes development of new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) to ensure workers will be returning to even safer, more well equiped and hygenic work places in a post Covid-19 environment.

The great news also is that over the coming weeks, our workers will be gradually heading back to work. Starting at 30% capacity, and then gradually increasing to full capacity over the coming weeks. And through our great relationship with our supply chains, they have committed to getting all our exisiting orders back on track, and as close as possible (within a few weeks) to meeting original deadlines. So this is very exciting news for everyone concerned.

And one last piece of good news. Tomorrow, Saturday 9th May, is World Fairtrade Day. With the very apt message this year being 'CELEBRATING OUR STRENGTH TOGETHER' using the hashtag #FairtradeTogether . So on World Fairtrade Day RREPP will be celebrating the farmers who grow the organic cotton for our amazing custom made Tee's and School Uniform Polo's. The workers who make our products. And you our customers who have committed to supporting Fairtrade by purchasing ethically, and making a difference to so many of our workers lives, their families and communities.

And to help celebrate World Fairtrade Day, WE HAVE A GREAT OFFER FOR YOU. If you purchase any one of our Fairtrade Certified Match Sports Balls from our ONLINE SHOP, we will give you FREE OF CHARGE any one of our Organic Fairtrade Tees, PLUS any one of our Organic Fairtrade Caps. Just make your purchase HERE , and on checkout in the 'SPECIAL DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS' box, type in the exact details of the T-shirt and Cap you would like for free - don't forget to specifiy colour, style and size where appropriate. This offer is for our Newsletter Subscribers only, and will not be advertised on our website. This special offer will end on 20th May 2020.

Thanks again for your great support.  

Scott Goddard & The RREPP Team
Founding Director

m. 0422 004 954
e. scott@rrepp.com.au
www.rrepp.com.au

Social Enterprise specialising in:

Fairtrade Certified Match quality Sports Balls
Organic & Fairtrade Certified School Uniform Polos & Tees
Organic & Fairtrade Certified Corporate Polos & Tees

Posted in rrepp news & updates on Friday 8th May 2020

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RREPP - Covid-19 Business Update

Well firstly we hope this update finds everyone healthy and safe in these challenging times. Times that we may well look back on one day and say to ourselves the bark was worse than the bite ! The global response to Covid-19 has been unprecedented, and here in Australia it is going to create much heartache and disruption to so many peoples lives, if it hasn't already. For RREPP, it is going to mean an adjustment in the way we manage our business, yet not in our overall vision and ethical business philosophies. In fact we are even more focused on these now and looking at more ways to support small local businesses, rather than the big conglomerates who always seem to get the most support from Governments. And supporting the people in our communities who may be finding things more difficult than others.   

In regard to the RREPP business, as most of you know, all our Organic/Fairtrade garments are produced in India. And I’ve personally been in regular contact with the team over there on the ground getting updates. Right at this point in time the country is taking all the usual precautions most are taking, and have been doing so for some time. There has been flight restrictions in regards to people entering the country, yet trade of goods has not been affected. The team in India, including our organic cotton farmers, have been less busy of course, yet this is understandable during times of uncertainty like we have now.

We are still taking orders from our clients, especially schools needing their School Uniform polo shirts topped up over the coming months, and there has been no issues for us meeting deadlines. The same situation applies to our Sports Balls which we produce at one of only four Fairtrade Certified manufacturers found anywhere in the world in Pakistan. We are doing every thing we can to keep supporting our marginalised communities overseas by encouraging our Schools and Sporting Clubs to keep purchasing, and putting in orders where ever possible. Our teams are ready and raring to go whenever you are.

Worth noting as well. India has a population of over 1.4 billion and as of today only 194 have been infected with the Covid-19 virus. A ridiculously low number. There are a number of reasons for this. In regards to China initially being the source, India, even being so close to China, was not affected as badly as few Chinese tourists actually visit India. Preferring to travel to more western countries. They are also not a huge importer of goods from China. Another aspect is temperature. India is already in regular 30 degree temperatures and this will increase into the 40’s over the coming months. It has been suggested the virus doesn’t survive in heat and this appears to be the case with such low numbers coming out of the country. Similar conditions have applied to Pakistan.

RREPP imports from India 100% for our garments, and not China like most other garment producers. So luckily we have been protected more than most to this point in time. So outside following all of the Government protocols for staying safe and healthy, the key aspect from here for RREPP as a business is to stay focussed, and to not get caught up in all the fear and the out of character behaviour fear can produce. Plus be as supportive as possible to all our customers, our own suppliers and of course the hard working organic cotton farmers and fairtrade artisans overseas who produce our wonderful products. 

So perhaps more of a ‘calm’ update from us, in among all the chaos and hysteria. Like all other challenges that our planet has endured in the past, we will get through this together. Take care everyone.

Scott Goddard & The RREPP Team
Founding Director

m. 0422 004 954
e. scott@rrepp.com.au
www.rrepp.com.au

Social Enterprise specialising in:

Fairtrade Certified Match quality Sports Balls
Organic & Fairtrade Certified School Uniform Polos & Tees
Organic & Fairtrade Certified Corporate Polos & Tees

Posted in rrepp news & updates on Friday 20th March 2020

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PURCHASING ETHICALLY - School Uniform Polo's & Sports Balls That Fit The Brief

Ethical consumerism, or buying ethically, is consumer based activism centred on the concept of dollar voting. It is practiced by consumers and businesses via the buying of ethically made products that support small scale manufacturers and artisans whose business models centre on protecting people, animals and planet. And that ideally have formal internationally recognised certifications attached to their products that back supplier claims. Especially as the word 'Ethical' is such a loosely used term made by suppliers these days who lack certification credentials.

RREPP's Founding Director Scott Goddard puts it into perspective:

'Ethical consumerism is a consciousness shift that all of us are capable of embracing, yet only a small percentage of us actually commit to doing it. We talk a good game yet most of us come up short when push turns to shove. A case in point that reveals Australia is a little slow embracing ethical consumerism, is that there are more than 5 million School Uniform Polo's made every year for over 10,000 Australian Schools. Yet less than 0.1% of our schools are purchasing even one ethically made product for their uniform shops. With the vast majority of conventional suppliers selling to schools having little understanding of their full supply chains, or concern for who is making their clothes and at what cost.

RREPP has worked long and hard to break away from convention, by producing and supplying our clothing through a supply chain that is 100% Organic and Fairtrade certified every step of the way. Simply put it is the best and fairest way to do business with our hard working producers, and with our customers who have committed to becoming ethical consumers wherever possible. It's what sets RREPP apart from the majority of other businesses in this space.' 

So there is an alternative for P&C committees, Principals and School communities to start considering for their school uniform polo's. Made from 100% clean and healthy Organic & Fairtrade Certified cotton. A product that is both socially and environmentally conscious, combined with sustainable packaging. 

The first step is always the hardest though. Yet as we have found with the Schools, Sporting Clubs and Businesses we already have on board, once that critical first step is taken, no one ever looks back. And just as importantly, our socially aware kids absolutely love wearing RREPP's School Uniform Polo's, and playing with our quality match standard Fairtrade Sports Balls. 

'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step'. So for School's, Sporting Clubs and larger Businesses, if you'd like to make that first step towards joining RREPP's growing band of ethical consumers, simply contact us at info@rrepp.com.au

Scott Goddard & The RREPP Team
Founding Director

m. 0422 004 954
e. scott@rrepp.com.au
www.rrepp.com.au

Social Enterprise specialising in:

Fairtrade Certified Match quality Sports Balls
Organic & Fairtrade Certified School Uniform Polos & Tees
Organic & Fairtrade Certified Corporate Polos & Tees

Posted in breaking the poverty cycle on Saturday 25th January 2020

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