Non-Profit Releases Scorecard on Apparel Industry Supply Chain

11/15/2012
Not For Sale has released a report featuring supply chain ratings for more than 300 apparel brands, ranging from Abercrombie & Fitch to Walmart, looking at the areas of child and forced labor as viewed through the lens of policies, transparency, factory monitoring and worker rights.

The report, "Apparel Industry Trends: From Farm to Factory," uses publicly available information and data self-reported by companies to rate how brands are addressing this issue in their supply chains.

U.S. sales for Fair Trade Certified products grew 75 percent in 2011, revealing that consumers increasingly want to know the impact behind their purchases. Yet many product supply chains remain opaque, making it difficult for even the most informed consumers to know how their purchases are connected to labor abuses, the organization reports. Not For Sale makes the rankings available to shoppers online and through Free2Work smartphone applications for Android and iPhone.

The report was released in a presentation on Nov. 13 in Ankara, Turkey at the United Nations General Assembly expert group meeting on "Human Trafficking & Global Supply Chains." The meeting included corporate, government, labor union, and NGO leaders from around the globe. Not For Sale says it is the first comprehensive report on forced and child labor in international supply chains.

Ratings only indicate how companies are addressing the particular issue of child labor/human trafficking and do not reflect the overall measure of general supply chain working conditions.

This is Not For Sale's first full-length Free2Work report, and the organization has plans to release similar industry trend reports in upcoming months. To date, Not For Sale has released in-depth grades and profiles on more than 500 brands in industries such as apparel, food and electronics.

Free2Work is a project created by Not For Sale and supported by the International Labor Rights Forum, founded in 1985 to promote just and humane treatment for workers worldwide. ILRF’s mission is to connect policy makers and activists to workers’ struggles around the world, promoting better trade policy and legal protections against child and forced labor, discrimination of all kinds, and infringements on workers’ right to organize and bargain collectively.
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