Supply chain transparency is an important first step toward more meaningful corporate accountability, and various stakeholders have a role to play in driving greater disclosure in the apparel industry. The coalition’s demands for Companies, Responsible Business Initiatives, Governments, and Investors are laid out below.
- Commit to and implement the Transparency Pledge
- Go beyond the Pledge and begin publicly disclosing other parts of the supply chain, including mills and farms.
- Align published factory lists with the Open Data Standard for the Apparel Sector and consider submitting the information to the Open Apparel Registry.
Responsible Business Initiatives
- Require as a condition of membership that companies individually and publicly disclose information about their supply chains, at minimum in alignment with the Transparency Pledge standard.
- Introduce transparency requirements beyond tier-1 that companies must meet to join upper levels of RBI membership or to be part of the RBI board.
- Require all supply chain information published by members or the RBI to comply with the Open Data Standard for the Apparel Sector and consider submitting the information to the Open Apparel Registry.
- Track member disclosure practices and periodically publish a list detailing which companies are transparent about their supply chains.
- Enact laws that require and promote mandatory corporate human rights due diligence as well as non-financial reporting, for the global supply chains of companies, and integrate supply chain transparency requirements as part of such legislation.
- Amend customs-related regulations to ensure that all companies that import goods into the country are required to disclose the name and address of the manufacturer to the relevant customs authorities, and make this data publicly available.
- Endorse the Transparency Pledge as part of broader efforts to promote effective human rights due diligence.
- Incorporate supply chain transparency as a vital metric when evaluating company human rights practices, including in investor backed rankings and benchmarks.