Who We Are
In 2016, nine labor and human rights organizations formed a coalition to advocate for transparency in apparel supply chains.
Coalition members are:
- IndustriALL Global Union
- International Trade Union Confederation
- UNI Global Union
- Human Rights Watch
- Clean Clothes Campaign
- Maquila Solidarity Network
- Worker Rights Consortium
- International Corporate Accountability Roundtable
- International Labor Rights Forum.
The coalition endorsed the Transparency Pledge as a minimum standard for supply chain disclosure. The Pledge is based on existing, positive industry practices.
The objective of the Transparency Pledge is to help the garment industry reach a common minimum standard for supply chain disclosures by getting companies to publish standardized, meaningful information on all factories in the manufacturing phase of their supply chains.
The Pledge aims for consistency in disclosures, which is sorely needed, as shown by an analysis carried out by coalition members of supply chain information published by September 2016 by 23 global apparel companies. In the absence of standards, companies adopt different approaches to transparency, sometimes excluding important information that makes it effective.
What We Want To Achieve
The Transparency Pledge is an important first step, but is not the end of the story. Far more can and should be done to promote deeper and wider transparency and human rights in garment industry supply chains.
While supply chain transparency is widely recognized as an important pillar on which corporate accountability is built, transparency alone does not result in improved working conditions or accountability. Brands should adopt transparent practices and complement them with other steps to strengthen human rights due diligence in their supply chains.
Countries where global apparel companies do business should pass legislation that promotes mandatory human rights due diligence in the global supply chains of companies, including mandatory publication of supplier information. These should build on the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, “sweat-free” procurement laws adopted by dozens of local governments in the US, the UK Modern Slavery Act and the 2017 French law on corporate duty of vigilance. Such legislation will go a long way in creating a level playing field in the garment industry.