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Our Story

Etiko is a family owned and operated apparel, footwear and sports ball business that has had the respect and promotion of human rights at its core for a decade.

 Products without child labour and worker exploitation were the impetus for Nick Savaidis (our founder) to create the business a decade ago. Nick started Etiko at the end of 2005 after finding that, no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t buy stuff such as sports balls, clothing & footwear, which he could be 100% confident hadn’t been made by a child or some poor worker being ripped off in a developing country. Sweatshops, corporate greed, globalisation, call it what you want, Nick knew that it sucked and it was time for an alternative.

 Over the last 10 years, our pioneering company has set the bar for upholding and campaigning for human rights of those working in traditionally exploitative industry supply chains while achieving business success. For example, Etiko achieved the top rating - an A+ for ethical production - in the 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017  Australian Fashion Reports (there was no report in 2014) which investigated the supply chains of fashion brands retailing in Australia. You can read more about our achievements and awards here.

Most importantly, though, a decade of sales of Etiko’s products have supported the human and labour rights of cotton growers and rubber tappers, workers in apparel, sports ball and shoe production, and their families and communities in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

We’ve got a lot more information here on our website about the positive impact our products and your purchases have, the certifications and standards that we choose, and more. Explore to find out more. And if you can’t find what you want to know, send us an email or give us a call with your questions!