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Surge in Garment Industry Transparency

Laws Needed to Ensure Companies Adopt Human Rights Practices

Wednesday 18 December 2019


(New York, December 18, 2019) – Clothing and footwear brands and retailers have dramatically increased their disclosure of information about their supply chains in the past three years, a coalition of unions, human rights groups, and labor rights advocates said in a joint report released today. In 2016, the coalition created the Transparency Pledge, a minimum standard of supply chain transparency that enables advocates, workers, and consumers to find out where a brand’s products are made.


The report, “Fashion’s Next Trend: Accelerating Supply Chain Transparency in the Garment and Footwear Industry,” describes how dozens of brands and retailers are publicly disclosing information about their supplier factories. This has become a widely accepted step toward better identifying and addressing labor abuses in garment supply chains.

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