Ethical Sourcing Policy


Princess Highway prioritises the welfare of people and animals in the production and distribution of our products. We address this through our:

Fabrics and Raw Materials

We are working towards certifying all our suppliers to provides assurance that third parties have audited and verified compliance with social and environmental criteria from raw material processing to product manufacturing. We have also conducted special tests for RSL (Restricted Substances List) Substances in our products, especially for those worn close to the skin.


Uzbek Cotton Pledge

Our parent company, Factory X, has signed the cotton pledge,  committing not to use cotton from Uzbekistan due to allegations of the systemic use of child and forced labour in the cultivation and harvesting of cotton in the region.


Responsible Purchasing Practices

Princess Highway works towards a 6-month lead-time on production orders, allowing our manufacturers to plan ahead, stabilise their workforce, and manage workflows. We do not prioritise the lowest price or tender out work. We seek new suppliers only when our existing manufacturers are unable or unwilling to produce something in our range. We also understand that our production process can impact working conditions. Click here to find out more about our lead-time policy.


Worker’s Rights and Supplier Relationships

At Princess Highway, we believe in creating products manufactured under safe, fair, and humane working conditions. We are committed to a Living Wage for all and have adopted benchmarks set by the Anker Living Wage Methodology. By the end of 2023, we will have audited 100% of our suppliers. Our parent company, Factory X, has implemented an Ethical Sourcing Policy covering various criteria, from labour rights to environmental compliance. For more information, see our full Ethical Sourcing Policy.

We have established strong working relationships with our suppliers over 5-10 years in many cases, ensuring employees are valued and respected and issues are addressed fairly and effectively. Our ultimate goal is to create a positive and ethical working environment benefiting everyone involved, from our employees to customers.


Princess Highway list of Suppliers

Princess Highway is committed to transparency and traceability. These supplier lists represent the factories responsible for 100% of Princess Highway’s current final stage production (Cut, Make, Trim).

See 1st tier supplier list 2023

See 2nd tier supplier list 2022-2023


Modern Slavery Policy

Princess Highway is dedicated to promoting awareness and minimising the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in the fashion industry. We ensure our operations and supply chains are free from exploitation, forced labour, or child labour.


Reporting Conditions

We want to be made aware of situations where our social and ethical policy is not upheld. We have a confidential grievance procedure for employees to voice their concerns. Your complaint will remain strictly confidential unless you advise otherwise. Contact us at view our bilingual factory poster, Click here.


Our Report and Training Modules

In collaboration with our parent company Factory X, we have submitted our 3rd and most robust Modern Slavery Statement. See our full Modern Slavery Policy . For the first time, we have included a professional training module compiled by Fairsupply, a global ESG data provider and consultancy. This training module raises awareness about Modern Slavery and how to reduce its risks in our industry.

All current suppliers have been audited for CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) by BSCI, SEDEX, WRAP, or QUALSPECS and have signed the Factory X Modern Slavery Questionnaire. New suppliers must also sign this questionnaire before doing business with us.


Living Wage Initiative

Princess Highway continues to work towards ensuring all factory workers are paid a living wage. We have been voted GOOD by OXFAM’s “What She Makes Campaign” for protecting workers' wages by ensuring they are paid a Living Wage.

We are cooperating with our suppliers and stakeholders to develop fairer working practices in the industry. We commit to the 5 ACT Purchasing Practices and agree that a joint approach is necessary to achieve freedom of association, collective bargaining, and a Living Wage for all.


Princess Highway Commits to:

  • Purchasing prices include wages as itemised costs
  • Fair terms of payments
  • Better planning and forecasting
  • Undertake training on responsible sourcing and buying
  • Practicing responsible exit strategies

Anker Living Wage Methodology

Our Roadmap to a Living Wage


Safe Working Conditions


We ensure a safe and hygienic working environment is provided to all workers involved in our supply chain. Adequate steps are taken to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of work by minimising hazards in the workplace. Health and safety training is provided and practiced on-site.


Child, Forced, Bonded or Prison Labour


We ensure our suppliers do not recruit child labour or use forced, bonded, or prison labour. Workers must not be required to lodge deposits or identity papers with an employer and must be free to leave work at the end of the shift. If a worker is found employed under such conditions, corrective action is taken.

Click Here to view our Child and Forced Labour Policy and Procedures.


Freedom of Association


We ensure our suppliers recognise the right of employees to join unions or representative committees and the right of worker's associations to collective bargaining.


Ring Fencing


Protection of workers' wages is paramount to Princess Highway, and it is written into our terms and conditions. We provide guidance to suppliers on labour costing and reflect negotiated wage increases in costing calculations.


Social Compliance Audit Report


We request that our suppliers inform us about all places producing goods intended for supply to Princess Highway. We reserve the right to make unannounced visits to all places of production and assign independent third parties to conduct inspections for compliance with our ethical sourcing policy.

Ethical Recruitment

We take full responsibility for creating a workplace free of discrimination and fully support equal employment opportunities (EEO). We promote a non-discriminatory work environment and are fully committed to the principles and practices of EEO. See our full Equal Employment Opportunity Policy.


Gender Equality & Diversity Policy

We have a zero-tolerance policy for sexually intimidating, abusive, or exploitative behaviour. Gender equality means that everyone, regardless of gender, enjoys the same rights and opportunities. See our full Gender Equality and Diversity Policy.

Animal Welfare Policy

Princess Highway encourages higher levels of animal welfare by using certification initiatives and replacing animal products with sustainable animal-free alternatives when possible. We believe in working with suppliers, animal protection certification schemes, consumers, and producers to prioritise animal welfare.

Click here to read our Animal Welfare Policy.


We adopt a 3-step approach:

1.  Supply chain analysis, including checking suppliers, country of origin, type of product, and compliance with certification schemes.

2.  Assessment and identification of welfare issues according to species, researching higher animal farming practices, and potential animal welfare outcomes.

3.  Identifying issues by engaging with animal welfare groups and suppliers to assist in prioritising areas of focus and long-term goals.



We do not accept mulesing and prioritise using non-mulesed merino wool in our garments. These garments are tagged with RWS (Responsible Wool Sourcing) and Non-Mulesed Wool. By 2025, we aim to use only RWS certified wool across our pure wool and wool blend programs.


Mohair & Angora

We ceased using angora in 2016 and phased out the use of mohair in 2020 in response to reports of animal cruelty.


Exotic skins and Endangered species

We do not use endangered species in our products, including exotic animal skins.


We do not include fur in our range.



All our leather is a by-product of the meat industry with full traceability to the farm and processing that complies with stringent REACH chemical standards. We also offer vegan leather options.