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Surge in fashion industry transparency

Retailers in the apparel industry have been disclosing their supply chain information more transparently over the past three years, according to a new report.

Released by a group of unions, human rights groups, and labour-rights advocates who have jointly advocated for transparency since 2016, the report reveals greater public disclosure within the fashion industry about supplier factories, a move expected to help address labour abuses in garment supply chains.

“All brands should adopt supply chain transparency, but ultimately laws are needed that require transparency and enforce critical human rights practices,” said Human Rights Watch senior women’s rights counsel Aruna Kashyap.

The group believes supplier transparency promotes corporate accountability for garment workers’ rights in global supply chains, as constitutes proof that a company knows where its products are made, while allowing human rights advocates to identify abuses in supplier factories.

The group is also advocating for the passage of national laws requiring companies to conduct human rights due diligence in their supply chains.

“Responsible Business Initiatives should stop making excuses for companies that want to continue to keep their supply chains opaque,” said Clean Clothes Campaign campaigns coordinator Christie Miedema. 

“They should instead follow the lead of the front runners among their members and make transparency a membership requirement to give workers and activists access to the information they need to help address workplace abuses.”

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