Despite the growing trend toward supply chain transparency, secrecy is still the norm in the global garment industry.
The majority of apparel brands and sportswear companies do not publicly disclose the names and addresses, or other important information, on the factories where their products are manufactured, making it difficult to hold companies and brands accountable when worker rights violations occur in those factories.
In 2016, MSN, and eight other international trade union, corporate accountability, and labour and human rights organizations formed the Transparency Pledge Coalition. The coalition is calling on apparel and sportswear brands and retailers to adopt the Supply Chain Transparency Pledge standard and increase the information they publicly disclose on their supplier factories around the world. It is also calling on multi-stakeholder initiatives to make public disclosure of supply chain information a condition of membership.
- Open Apparel Registry mapping tool In 2019: the Open Apparel Registry (OAR) launch its open source tool, mapping garment facilitates around the world. The tool collates apparel brands’ supplier lists, including names and addresses of factories into one mapping tool. For more information, click here.
- “Soon there won’t be too much to hide”: Transparency in the Garment Industry (Human Rights Watch, December 2017)
- Follow the Thread: The Need for Supply Chain Transparency in the Garment and Footwear Industry (April 2017).
- FLA commits to requiring affiliates to disclose factory lists (March 2019)