In 2005, after not being confident that he could source sportswear of footwear that he knew hadn’t been made by an underpaid worker or child in a developing country, Nick Savaidis set out to offer an alternative. Family-run Etiko uses fair trade and responsibly sourced materials to create products that empower the farmers and workers in their supply chain. Operating for more than a decade, Etiko identify their greatest achievements as:
- Being the first non-food brand to gain fair trade certification (Australia/New Zealand/Pacific region);
- The first eco-friendly range of footwear (Australia/New Zealand/Pacific region);
- Teaming up with worker owned co-operatives in Argentina;
- Helping fund the creation of more than 300 micro businesses in Pakistan;
- Achieving A+, the highest ranking for the ethical supply chains in the 2013, 2015 & 2016 Australian Fashion Report (p.s. there was no report in 2014);
- Being the winner of the 2013 & 2014 Australian Fairtrade Product of the Year.