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NGO coalition urges 72 clothing companies to commit to supply chain transparency pledge

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25 April 2017

Clothing companies should publish information about factories making their products to eliminate labour abuses, say unions & NGOs

Author: Human Rights Watch

"More Brands Should Reveal Where Their Clothes are Made", 20 Apr 2017

More apparel and footwear companies should join 17 leading apparel brands that have aligned with an important new transparency pledge, a coalition of unions and human rights and labor rights advocates said in a joint report issued today. The pledge commits companies to publish information that will enable advocates, workers, and consumers to find out where their products are made. The...report, "Follow the Thread: The Need for Supply Chain Transparency in the Garment and Footwear Industry," comes just ahead of the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse disaster in Bangladesh...The coalition contacted 72 companies and asked them to adopt and carry out the pledge. The report details their responses and measures their current supply chain transparency practices against the pledge...Many significant investors have begun to urge apparel companies to make their supplier information public…

Of the 72 companies that the coalition contacted, 17 will be in full alignment with the pledge standards by December 2017 [whereas]…25 companies…did not respond or made no commitment to publish any of the information requested…Some companies claimed that disclosure would put them at a commercial disadvantage. But that justification is clearly contradicted by the other companies that are publishing such information… 

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Article
25 April 2017

The Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Transparency Pledge

Author: Human Rights Watch

This Transparency Pledge helps demonstrate apparel and footwear companies' commitment towards greater transparency in their manufacturing supply chain. Transparency of a company's manufacturing supply chain better enables a company to collaborate with civil society in identifying, assessing, and avoiding actual or potential adverse human rights impacts. This is a critical step that strengthens a company's human rights due diligence. Each company participating in this Transparency Pledge commits to taking at least the following steps by December 31, 2017.

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24 April 2017

"Follow the Thread" - Full report

Author: Human Rights Watch

When global supply chains are opaque, consumers often lack meaningful information about where their apparel was made…There is a growing trend of global apparel companies adopting supply chain transparency—starting with publishing the names, addresses, and other important information about factories manufacturing their branded products. Such transparency is a powerful tool for promoting corporate accountability for garment workers' rights in global supply chains…Publishing supply chain information builds the trust of workers, consumers, labor advocates, and investors, and sends a strong message that the apparel company does not fear being held accountable when labor rights abuses are found in its supply chain…The need for information about factories involved in production for global brands has become painfully clear in recent years through deadly incidents that have plagued the garment industry…Over the past decade, a growing number of global apparel companies have published information on their websites about factories that manufacture their branded products….As more companies adopt supply chain transparency, it is becoming a cornerstone of responsible business conduct in the garment sector…

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