Know your own supply chain and make it sustainable
Transparency is therefore a fundamental prerequisite for the implementation of corporate due diligence and the Review Process of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. Companies can only effectively respond to social, ecological and corruption risks in their supply chain if they know where, how and by whom their products are manufactured.
Stakeholders such as consumers, investors and legislators also expect more information on the origin and manufacturing conditions of textiles. More and more governments are enacting laws that urge companies to track their own supply chain and counteract risks in the supply chain. At the same time, it has been shown that more transparency in one's own supply chain also opens up many new opportunities: These range from strengthening the brand image and increased customers’ trust to cost savings in sustainability management using synergies by cooperating with other companies.
The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles supports its members in creating more transparency in their supply chain through various information and learning offers, such as guidelines, webinars and workshops. Within a group of experts, members exchange ideas on challenges and possible solutions and work together to develop new support offers and strategies to bring forth the topic within the Partnership. Through the Cooperation with the Open Apparel Registry , the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles promotes transparency across the industry.
In 2020, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles published a guide that support companies to gradually establish more transparency in their supply chain. The guide offers necessary information to be able to map the supply chain and the associated actors beyond direct business partners. It provides orientation on how to create more external transparency and what options there are to disclose supply chain data.
The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and the Open Apparel Registry (OAR) started a strategic cooperation in 2020. The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles supports the standardized and reliable database of production facilities by the OAR, to which all actors in the textile and clothing industry have access to. The cooperation between the two organizations aims to increase transparency in the industry and to strengthen collaboration between the respective stakeholders.
Awareness raising: OAR and the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles are working together to increase knowledge about the OAR and the use of freely available data for the exchange of information.
Capacity Building: The two organisations want to convey to all stakeholders in the textile sector - especially trade unions and civil society organizations - how they can add OAR information and use it for their own work.
Open Apparel Registry platform
The Open Apparel Registry platform is an open-source tool that maps textile production sites around the world and assigns them a unique identification number. The OAR is therefore a contact point for the identification of production facilities and their affiliations by combining lists of suppliers from various actors in the textile, shoe and clothing industry in a central, independent and publicly accessible database. In this way, the OAR would like to enable improved identification of production sites and thus promote closer collaboration between the various stakeholders.
In line with the aim of the strategic cooperation with the OAR, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles has published an aggregated list with a total of around 6,850 production sites from 23 member companies on the Open Apparel Registry platform . In this way, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles contributes to the database of publicly accessible, reliable supply chain information and thus promotes transparency in the industry.