The Open Apparel Registry opens for additional sectors.
Since 2019, the Open Apparel Registry (OAR) has been a database for supply chain data and production facilities in the textile and clothing industry. Since then, 88,347 production facilities in 133 countries have been added. With the launch of the beta version of the Open Supply Hub, the database now also spans a range of other sectors, including sporting goods, beauty, consumer packaged goods, apparel and electronics.
What is the Open Supply Hub?
Open Supply Hub (OS Hub) is a neutral, non-profit organization that uses open data to map global supply chains. OS Hub's platform is designed to be accessible to all stakeholders. Stakeholders from different sectors can populate and use it, including companies, civil society organizations, factory groups, supply chain service providers and other stakeholders.
OS Hub provides standardized, interoperable data about global supply chains. This has the potential to gain better insight into global supply chains. The database can also be used to make decisions regarding sustainability, ESG and worker's rights. So far, Open Supply Hub has been funded by the Laudes Foundation, Humanity United, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Amazon, and Target.
Supply chain transparency as the key to address social and environmental risks
In addition to the Laudes Foundation, Humanity United, Amazon and Target, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH also funded the OS Hub. In the press release on the launch of the beta version, Reinhard Junker from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) says:
“The German Federal Government is dedicated to improving social and environmental conditions in global supply chains. Alongside the German Due Diligence supply chain act, our Ministry supports buying and supplying companies in meeting international standards and requirements. Supply chain transparency is a key prerequisite for companies to effectively address human rights and environmental risks in their supply chains. For this reason we are happy to support Open Supply Hub through the Initiative for Global Solidarity implemented by GIZ, thereby enhancing transparency and, ultimately, contributing to improved working conditions and environmental protection in global supply chains.”
Participate in the beta phase!
The Open Supply Hub calls on companies to participate in the beta phase. For more information, visit the Open Supply Hub website.
Cooperation between the Textiles Partnership and the Open Apparel Restistry
Since 2020, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles has been cooperating with the Open Apparel Registry (OAR). The aim is to increase transparency in the industry and to strengthen cooperation between the respective stakeholders.
Raising awareness: OAR and the Textiles Partnership 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 aim to communicate to all stakeholders in the textile sector – in particular trade unions and civil society organisations – how they can contribute OAR information and use it for their work.
The Textiles Partnership calls on its members to publish their supply chain data via the OAR. It also offers members the opportunity to provide their data in the aggregated Partnership list. This comprises a total of around 6,850 production sites of 23 member companies.