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Using Lockdowns To Create Community Not Division !

Welcome everyone to our September Newsletter.

Well the lockdowns that so many of us are enduring at the moment have created unimaginable hardships, not only here in Australia yet across the Globe. Our thoughts are with everyone during these times. From our elderly to our youth and everyone inbetween. Alot could be said about the decisions being made by our leaders, and the divisions being created by some. But I guess history will be the judge of all this at another time and place. 

Here at RREPP we've never been one to let a debilitating lockdown go to waste ! So over the past couple of months we decided to look at how we as a Social Enterprise, could step up to the plate even further to create a better world for all. So we wanted to give you a heads up on two projects we have been working on over the past 10 weeks that will be going LIVE onto our website in a month or so.

* The first is the development of a very important document for RREPP which is our 'Modern Slavery Statement'. The Modern Slavery Act 2018 requires larger business entities in Australia to report on the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains, and what actions they are taking to address those risks. RREPP is one of very few businesses in Australia that has fully transparent and third party audited supply chains for our Organic Fairtrade Garment production and for our Fairtrade certified sports ball production. Our statement is 25 pages long and highlights the amazing efforts that RREPP has undertaken to run a social enterprise whose key focus is to look after people and planet. We will let you know when this document is launched onto our website

* The second initiative we have been working on is an environmental one aligned to offsetting our Carbon emissions. An initiative that we want to include all of our customers in as well. So post launching this on our website over the next month or so, for every product purchased by our customers, RREPP will be planting trees across 5 projects that we have targeted in Madagascar, Tanzania, Nicaragua, India and Nepal. We want to structure this yet again in a way where we are being fully transparent. So we are presently looking at ways to code LIVE Tree Counters onto our Website, and Carbon Offset Counters so everyone will be able to see how many trees we are planting LIVE, and the corresponding amounts of CO2 we will be offsetting. 

We look forward to bringing these exciting initiatives to our RREPP community very soon. 

FAIRTRADE SPORTSBALL ORDERS NOW BEING TAKEN FOR 2022

It's now September. And every year at this time we need to lock in our Fairtrade Sports Ball Orders for our Schools so we are able to go into production and ensure our bulk orders can be delivered to everyone in time for when schools start back in February 2022. So for our existing Schools we will be contacting you directly over the coming days. Yet for any new schools who would like to come on board and make the swap to Fairtrade in 2022, please make contact with us now. We will be locking in our bulk orders over the next two weeks. We will then be contacting our sporting clubs to do the same in the next month or so. Please note due to Covid restrictions, there are still major shipping delays being experienced on international freight. And this is why we need to stick with our strict deadlines this year. And for orders over 100 balls per sporting code, we can professionally print your School Logo onto every ball if required. We offer all Schools and Sporting Clubs 20% off our regular website prices as well. You can check out our quality match ball range and detailed ball specs HERE

So for orders of any size, or if you have any questions, please contact myself direct at [email protected] or on 0422 004 954. Our ordering deadline is 24th September. We look forward to hearing from you or your Heads of Sport over the next couple of weeks. Many thanks, and keep safe and well.  

Scott Goddard & The RREPP Team
Founding Director
Chief Purpose & Vision Officer

m. 0422 004 954
e. [email protected]
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
A boutique range of Organic Fairtrade Corporate Merchandise

    

Posted in inspiring initiatives on Friday 10th September 2021

Video Message from RREPP's Founding Director - School Fairtrade Sports Ball Orders Now Being Taken for 2022

Hi Everyone

Well it has certainly been a tough couple of months for everyone with lockdowns springing up everywhere we look. Especially in Sydney where RREPP is based. We hope everyone is staying safe and well during these very challenging times. This month we are starting to take our annual Fairtrade Match Sports Ball orders for our Schools, to meet delivery deadlines for the beginning of the new School year in 2022. (Our ordering deadline is beginning of September)

To provide a quick run down on things, have a listen to our brief video message from RREPP's Founding Director Scott Goddard (in lockdown of course !).

It is now Fairtrade Fortnight as well from the 6th - 19th August, which is an annual event where we celebrate our workers and their families and communities who are an integral part of our Fairtrade certified supply chains. And also to celebrate the people who buy our products such as our Schools, Sporting Clubs plus Mums and Dads and kids all across Australia. Who through their Fairtrade purchasing, are helping create a better future for our planet and it's people. 

So have a listen to Scott's message, and then check out some of the information and links below the video. Including details on Fairtrade Australia's fantastic Fairtrade Fortnight prize giveaways. Where you can enter the draw to WIN a whole lot of Fairtrade certified goodies, including a RREPP Match Soccer Ball and the big prize which is a 12 month supply of Ben & Jerry's delicious Fairtrade Icecream !!!! 

    

* RREPP's Fairtrade certified match sports balls with ball specifications can be found on our website HERE

* Our special 20% discount rates for Schools and Sporting Clubs are as follows:

1) HYBRID Match Soccer Balls - $47.50 (ex GST)
2) Match Netballs - $39.90 (ex GST) 
3) Match Rugby League Balls - $39.90 (ex GST)
4) Match Rugby Union Balls - $39.90 (ex GST)

* For sports ball orders of 100 balls or more per code, we can professionally brand each ball with your School or Club Logo Free Of Charge.

* FOR ALL ORDERS OR ANY ENQUIRY please contact Scott direct at [email protected] or on 0422 004 954

* And last but not least, if you would like to enter into Fairtrade Australia's Fairtrade Fortnight prize draws, then pop on over to RREPP'S Facebook page HERE  and check out the details on how to enter via our pinned post - would love you to give us a 'LIKE' while you are there as well :) 

Thanks for your consideration in swapping to Fairtrade with your sports ball purchases in 2022, and we look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Scott Goddard & The RREPP Team
Founding Director
Chief Purpose & Vision Officer

m. 0422 004 954
e. [email protected]
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
A boutique range of Organic Fairtrade Corporate Merchandise

   

Posted in for the love of sport on Monday 9th August 2021

SYDNEY'S STRIKERS TAKE UP THE RREPP ETHICAL SPORTS BALL CHALLENGE

Welcome to our monthly newsletter.

And what a challenging month it has been as covid restrictions and lockdowns continue to test the resolve of so many Nationwide.

An added reason why it is always so motivating and encouraging for a small business like RREPP to hear from our wonderful customers about their own stories, and who even during difficult times, continue to have a focus on social justice, equality, fairness and community. Thanks Dave Mule for the following testimonial. Your support for a socially conscious local business like RREPP is what keeps us encouraged as more schools and sporting clubs Australia wide start to see the amazing benefits of supporting Fairtrade and purchasing with purpose at the grassroots where it counts. You can also read more of our customer testimonials on our website HERE    

"Looking back some thirty five years ago, I can still remember those cold winter nights at training. We would always begin with a warm up, a run around the field and the same routine ball drills. The memory of fifteen young boys sprinting as fast as possible to the big bag of soccer balls is still fresh. All had one mission in mind; to grab the best balls first! It was always a mixed bag filled with only one or two nice, soft, balls. These were followed by the remaining hard, torn, worn and outright atrocious ones. 

Fast forward thirty five years. Having two daughters it is only natural that I’ve become a huge supporter of women’s football. Being asked to coach at the C/C Strikers is a job that I have truely embraced. I’m coaching a great bunch of girls and have tremendous support from parents and extended family. Unfortunately, the training kit I received at the start of the season reminded me of that same kit from thirty five years ago.

However, partnering up with Scott has changed all that! His provision of the RREPP Fairtrade balls has encouraged myself, the team and the parents to not only start thinking ethically but it has also improved our football as a team in a way that has surprised many. This new kit has taken training to a whole new level. Made with high quality materials, the RREPP balls provide a sweet strike and superb foot control making training both enjoyable and rewarding. Having sixteen RREPP balls of the same bright colour and with an alluring design not only gives the players a great sense of professionalism but also an immense sense of pride as a team.

As the coach it’s my job to not only advance the team in football but also encourage equality. I believe that is exactly what the RREPP ball represents. I look forward to partnering with RREPP for many years to come."

David Mule
W14/3 Coach CC/Strikers

So if your School or Sporting Club would like to make the change in 2022, we are starting to take orders in August for all of our Fairtrade certified Sports Balls, with deliveries being made at the beginning of the new year in 2022. Match quality Soccer Balls, Netballs, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Touch Footballs and Futsal balls are RREPP's speciality sporting codes. You can check out our range and ball specs on our website HERE

We look forward to hearing from you, and make sure you ask about our 20% off School and Sporting Club discounts.

- coz the planets watching

Scott Goddard & The RREPP Team
Founding Director
Chief Purpose & Vision Officer

m. 0422 004 954
e. [email protected]
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
A boutique range of Organic Fairtrade Corporate Merchandise

   

Posted in for the love of sport on Sunday 18th July 2021

ETHICAL SUPPLIER INTRODUCTION TO SCHOOL PRINCIPALS & LEADERSHIP TEAMS

HI EVERYONE

I would like to formally introduce myself to all School Principals / Leadership teams across NSW, ACT and Victoria.

My name is Scott Goddard and I am the Founding Director of a Social Enterprise named RREPP. We are a fully Australian owned and operated business having launched in Sydney back in 2013. And we are already the Supplier of choice to numerous Schools and Sporting Clubs across Australia.  

Through our third party audited supply chains, we ethically produce and supply the following products:

FOR HIGH SCHOOLS & PRIMARY SCHOOLS:

* Fairtrade certified match quality sports balls across 6 different sporting codes: Soccer / Netball / Rugby League / Rugby Union / Futsal / Touch Football

Sports Ball production globally has been plagued by child labour and adult exploitation for decades. And to this day very little has changed. We teach our kids about sportmanship, fairness, equality and community when it comes to their chosen sport. Yet rarely do we think about the people who actually make the sports balls we all love playing with, and whether these same values have been afforded to them ? RREPP is one of only a small handful of sports ball producers world wide that has been endorsed by Fairtrade, and who has the Fairtrade mark on all of its products.

FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS ONLY:

* High quality 100% Organic & Fairtrade certified Junior School Uniform Polos. Custom made sustainably via a 'slow fashion' philosophy, and matched perfectly to the colours and logos of your existing Uniform Polos. There are very few uniform suppliers globally that have both the GOT's Organic and Fairtrade certifications attached to their uniforms. Yet RREPP is one of those suppliers.

We know that many primary school uniform shops are run by parent volunteers. And deciding on a preferred supplier is an arduous task. Yet we are not looking to over turn your existing arrangements. Only to get you to consider adding RREPP as your preferred organic fairtrade POLO supplier. So one uniform item only that through organics is healthy on our kids skin, is made from 100% natural fibres so is good for the environment, and just as importantly is made fairly and ethically.

RREPP as a business is both 'Fairtrade Certified' and 'Social Traders Certified'. Certifications that are only awarded to businesses whose corporate models are strongly centred around sustainability, and that look after people and planet throughout their manufacturing processes. As buyers of products, very rarely do we ask about our Suppliers supply chains. Are the people who are making the products we are buying being paid a living wage. Are we sure there is no child labour involved. Are working conditions for all workers safe and fair. Are the production processes and the chemicals being used environmentally conscious. Difficult questions to ask. Yet for most suppliers, even more difficult to answer.

RREPP has also recently advertised our amazing Sports Balls in the May edition of The Bursar that has just been released in both print and digital formats to over 10,000 schools across Australia.

RREPP's promotional Ad can be found HERE and with it is an editorial put together by Fairtrade Australia and NZ called 'Your Choice Is Your Voice'. Both can be found on pages 218 and 219 of The Bursar.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are putting together our annual sports ball bulk orders with our Producer for all Schools very soon in August 2021. And offering our 20% corporate discount to everyone for any order sizes. And as a special offer, for any orders of 100 balls or more per sporting code, we can professionally print your school logo onto each ball Free Of Charge. All orders put in by the end of August will be delivered at the beginning of the new school year in 2022. 

For our Junior Organic Fairtrade School Uniform Polos for Primary Schools, we can take orders at any time throughout the year. Minimum order requirements are 300 Polos, although orders of 500 or more provides access to all of our Polo sizes. 

So that's it from us. Our product range as a supplier is only small, yet it is high quality with people and planet always being at the core of our mission. So if your school is interested in making the swap to Fairtrade in 2022, please do not hesitate to personally contact me over the coming weeks at [email protected] or on my mobile at 0422 004 954. For your viewing pleasure as well, please click on the images below to view two of our brief promo videos. And if you would like to read some of our testimonials, they can be found on our website HERE . We look forward to hearing back from you, and would be honoured to become a preferred ethical supplier to your school in the very near future. 

      

Scott Goddard & The RREPP Team
Founding Director
Chief Purpose & Vision Officer

m. 0422 004 954
e. [email protected]
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
A boutique range of Organic Fairtrade Corporate Merchandise

   

Posted in unique supply chains on Monday 14th June 2021

A SPECIAL ETHICAL OFFER FOR BUSINESSES ON WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR

A SPECIAL ETHICAL OFFER FOR BUSINESSES ON WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR

A recently released report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF shows that the number of children in child labour has risen to 160 million worldwide. This is the first time that child labour numbers have increased in over 20 years.

It’s a massive backward step. Especially as today is World Day Against Child Labour!

Sadly, child and exploitive adult labour is all around us. Deeply hidden away in the tens of thousands of supply chains worldwide. And it’s ironic that many of the western businesses that have thrived during the pandemic, especially online retailers, are generally the ones using supply chains that are highly questionable. Supply chains in developing countries that have deteriorated even further ethically over the past 12 months where workers and their families have become more vulnerable and poverty stricken due to Covid-19.

Big Western organisations can ‘Green Wash’ all they like with their savvy marketing to lead consumers astray, yet these are the facts. A great example of big business Green Washing is the number of businesses that have given themselves a pat on the back for uploading their Modern Slavery Statements to the Australian Governments Online Register. Yet words are not the same as action. And setting 10 / 20 / 30 year deadlines for tidying up horribly exploitive, poverty driven supply chains in our view is a cop out and all part of the green washing process. RREPP is presently putting together our own Modern Slavery Statement. Yet the big distinction between us and others is that we are already doing what others are ‘proposing’ to do in 20 - 30 years’ time. If big companies are taking action now to improve the ethics of their supply chains, why is child labour in just as worse a state as it was 20 years ago ?    

Unfortunately, as consumers, our constant demand for cheap doesn’t help matters. It's often why ethical businesses struggle so much. Producing a sustainable high-quality product from ethical supply chains of course costs a little more. The paradox though is that people often find themselves buying two cheap poorly made unethical products that fall apart quickly, when for the same price they could have bought one ethically made higher quality product, that also helps the more vulnerable of our global citizens work their way out of poverty. Such a purchasing philosophy is also less damaging on the environment. Less will always be more when it comes to ethical purchasing & sustainability.

A SPECIAL ETHICAL OFFER FOR BUSINESSES ON WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR

RREPP as a social enterprise creates 100% Organic and Fairtrade certified Tee’s and School Uniform Polo’s. Our quality ring spun organic cotton Tee’s are normally $39.00 each. Yet until the 20th June we are going to be offering businesses a 2 FOR 1 offer. Effectively making the cost of buying one of our Tee’s just $19.50.  So for every T-shirt you buy from us before the 20th June, we will give you another one FREE OF CHARGE.

This may suit a Business that has an event coming up over the next 12 months. Or perhaps a Business needing merchandise gifts for delegates at an upcoming conference. A café owner liking the idea of their staff wearing something sustainable and ethical with their company logo screen printed on the Tee. Or it could be a great ethical end of financial year gift for some of your clients.

This is your chance to buy ethical, and for a price that won’t break your budget. We only have approx 400 Tee’s in stock at the moment to giveaway at this 2 for 1 $19.50 price tag.

So drop me a line if you are interested at [email protected].  The deadline is 20th June.

#purchasingwithpurpose #yourvoiceisyourchoice #fairtrade #organic #coztheplanetswatching #worlddayagainstchildlabour     

Scott Goddard & The RREPP Team
Founding Director
Chief Purpose & Vision Officer

m. 0422 004 954
e. [email protected]
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
A boutique range of Organic Fairtrade Corporate Merchandise

   

Posted in the power of leadership on Saturday 12th June 2021

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