ELK was founded by husband and wife in Melbourne, Australia.
Founded on a belief in creativity, innovative design and an authentic approach where people are at the heart of every decision, our Co-Founders, passion for local design and independent, ethically sourced fashion has created a brand of enduring value.
Elk's Transparency Report
Elk's transparency report is a comprehensive review of where, who and how we make our products. It details information about our tier one factories, the people who work with us and the materials we use. It also details the social and environmental impacts of our business operations. It serves as a public statement around our commitment to running a business with transparency, honesty and integrity.
It allows us to be held accountable and we feel by sharing our journey with you we are creating a platform to open up the conversation and provide complete transparency. The report proposes goals, celebrates our achievements and highlights to all, the areas where our business and the industry as a whole, needs to improve.
See ELK's full transparency report here.
Our Makers are part of our global family. Their skills, time and dedication are integral to what makes ELK a unique Australian brand.
We visit our Makers numerous times each year where working conditions, company ethics, workers rights and workplace safety are assessed prior to any engagement by ELK. Each one of our suppliers is at a different stage of their sustainability journey, with some just beginning the process and a handful at the other end showing real innovation and leadership.
We have an extensive supplier code of conduct which all of our core suppliers have signed. For any areas of non-compliance, our approach is to work with our suppliers on improving their processes, rather than just exiting, as this provides the best outcome for workers and the environment.
We believe in the value of sharing information about the factories that make our products, as this helps you, our customers, better understand who, how and where ELK clothes and accessories are made. It also means we can be alerted to any potential environmental and human rights issues by NGOs, unions, local communities or workers and facilitates collaboration on these issues by brands sharing the same factories.
In our transparency report, we have shared 100% of our tier one direct suppliers from ELK 2018 production. Where there are gaps in information, we are either working with the supplier to collect this data or we have ceased working with them for future ranges.
We are committed to mapping our supply chain and tracing our fibres and materials right back to their origin, and ensuring that our products are made responsibly, with regard for workers, animals and the environment.
We want to share the stories of our makers and their positive practices, as well as the areas we are working to improve. To get to know the faces behind our designs, see all of our current tier 1 suppliers in our transparency report here.