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Denim fashion company's vision to enable freedom for vulnerable women

Updated : November 2020


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Building a new life for trafficked women through garment production

Outland Denim was founded with a vision to enable freedom for vulnerable women by creating employment opportunities in the denim manufacturing sector. After a research period, James Bartle, founder and CEO, learnt that once an affected girl has been rescued and integrated into her family or community, a sustainable career path is vital for securing her future. It was from here that the foundations of Outland Denim were placed as an avenue for training, employment, and career progression for women who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing, sex trafficking. The company follows sustainable denim manufacturing practices across the value chain.

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Outland Denim


| Australia | Cambodia

Year Established



Founded as an avenue for the training and employment of women who have experienced sex trafficking, the company offers a holistic approach for the upliftment of these women through sustainable denim manufacturing businesses. Nearly 750 affected people, have benefited from stable employment with Outland Denim in Cambodia.

Highlights and sustainability benefits

Outland Denim sources sustainable raw materials from relevant suppliers. All the components of the textiles are sustainably manufactured creating a positive environmental impact. Their washing and finishing processes use up to 85% less water,  55% less energy and 80% less chemicals.

About the Work

The company follows transparency across the value chain and in sourcing natural materials such as organic cotton and natural indigo dyes. It uses energy and water efficient washing processes such as ozone and laser washing. It also collaborates with universities and government for development and implementation of innovative sustainable processes.


Outland Denim, named as the world’s most humanitarian denim, has received the Global Thomson Reuters 2020 Stop Slavery Enterprise Award for small and medium-sized companies, for their efforts to eradicate forced labour.

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