What is the Transparency Pledge?

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 civil society coalition that developed the Pledge based it on published factory lists of leading apparel companies and developed a set of minimum supply chain disclosure standards. These build on good practices in the industry.

The Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Transparency Pledge

(“The Transparency Pledge”)

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 within three months(†) of committing to it:

Publish Manufacturing Sites

The company will publish on its website on a regular basis (such as twice a year) a list naming all sites that manufacture its products. The list should provide the following information in English:

  • The full name of all authorized production units and processing facilities.(Processing factories include printing, embroidery, laundry, and so on)
  • The site addresses.
  • The parent company of the business at the site.
  • Type of products made.(apparel, footwear, home textile, accessories)
  • Worker numbers at each site. (by category: less than 1000, 1001 to 5000, 5001 to 10000, more than 10000)

Companies will publish the above information in a spreadsheet or other searchable format.

The Pledge focuses on the “manufacturing phase” of an apparel company’s supply chain, which comprises all factories authorized by the company to produce (that is, cut-make-trim, or CMT) along with others subcontracted by these CMT factories to perform “finishing” processes.

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. This analysis informed the content of the Transparency Pledge, as explained in Appendix II.

† The three-month time frame was extended to December 2017 based on the coalition’s engagement with apparel companies. See Appendix I for details.

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