The number of unique production locations publicised by signatories of the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) has more than doubled from 2016 to 2019, demonstrating more companies are looking to boost supply chain transparency.
The AGT brings together companies, trade associations, unions, NGOs and the government with the aim of promoting international corporate social responsibility in the clothing and textile chain.
According to the latest available data on 2019, some 5,989 unique production locations of AGT companies are now listed on the Open Apparel Registry (OAR). This compares to 2,800 in 2016.
The OAR is a transparent source of information for companies, NGO’s and trade unions. The latter organisations can consult the database for research into environmental or social issues that affect workers. Companies can see which other brands are also buying from the same factories which makes it easier to work together in order to prevent or mitigate risks and to exert more influence over the supply chain.
The AGT says the growing number of production locations of AGT companies on the OAR demonstrates an ongoing effort to increase supply chain transparency.
All AGT companies contribute to the AGT aggregated list on the OAR. No less than 70% of production locations on this list can also be linked to individual AGT companies who have published their individual list on OAR themselves.
A growing number of companies are also taking the extra step of signing the Transparency Pledge which means that they disclose the locations of their production locations, what types of garments are manufactured there, and how many people work at these sites.
The actual worldwide OAR list contains about 45,000 production locations in total.