As part of efforts to increase transparency and faster development of textile production, Nordic fashion chain KappAhl has published a list of its suppliers.

Sustainability, the company says, is an integral part of its daily activities, adding that it "acts with a long term business perspective" and "strive[s] to work proactively with issues related to quality, environment, safety, working conditions and social matters". 

The published list contains a breakdown of all its manufacturers by country, including those in Bangladesh, China, India, Italy, Portugal, Romania, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine.

KappAhl said the publication was preceded by an extensive effort to maintain good long term relationships with suppliers and from a competitive perspective, secure access to the best production of each and every occasion.

"For many years, we have worked hard to build strong relationships with our suppliers, based on knowledge sharing, mutual trust and transparency," the company said in a statement yesterday (29 October). 

"By publishing our suppliers list, we aim to contribute to increased transparency and accelerated development of conditions in textile production. We also promote further dialogue with other stakeholders in the ongoing sustainability efforts."

The move is one that has also been adopted by outdoor clothing brand Jack Wolfskin, who last month embarked on the next stage of what it describes as its "transparency offensive" by publishing an online list of all its direct suppliers.

KappAhl returned to profit and sales increases during the fourth quarter and full-year. The company which operates almost 400 stores in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Poland, earlier this month said it would exit the Czech Republic by closing its five stores in the country.