Supply Chain Transparency
Supply Chain Transparency
Who made my clothes? It all starts with this one question. You would think that in 2020, fashion companies would publicly provide this information -- at least upon request. Still, this rarely proves to be the case. You would think that in 2020, companies would be excited to share their global initiatives and proud of the work their employees do in creating these seasonal products. Yet again, this rarely proves to be the case. Our clothing choices have a true impact on our evolving, global community. These pieces of fabric -- sometimes decorated with sparkles or sequins -- create statements about the practices we choose to and not to support. I invite you to join me in the adventure of choosing to support companies that reflect your (personal) values, morals, and character.
The lack of transparency currently seen throughout the global fashion industry is costing lives. Without the knowledge of where these products are created and who is producing these commodities, companies cannot guarantee that the rights of their employees are being respected, that working conditions are free from harm, and that the environment is not being degraded through the actions taken within production measures. The concept of transparency requires companies to know these essential points of information, such as where my clothes are created and who made my clothes, in order to protect the lives of all.
Today, more than 25 million individuals are enslaved throughout the world; this is primarily seen within the agriculture, electronics, and fashion industries. This “industry of enslavement” is fueled by the lack of transparency within supply chains and the illegal practices that are currently being condoned by major fashion companies. With more than 60 million individuals, or an estimated one in every six people, directly employed through the global fashion industry, this industry proves to be the most labor dependent industry within the world. With only 2% of these employees receiving a livable wage, there must be a reformation within the industry. So here’s the real challenge: what are we, as consumers, going to do about this?
I, along with others, have come to realize that no longer is paying low wages and having to face discrimination and abuse within your workplace admissible… we, as consumers, are demanding change! Through this petition, I hope to spread awareness so that others will have the same opportunity in joining our mission. However, long-term, I hope that -- either through legislation or of their own accord -- companies and brands will proudly publish how they source their raw materials and the rights and opportunities provided to their employees within our global market.
All we are asking for is additional information, a right we deserve to have -- more specifically, a transparent supply chain. While companies focus on voluntary compliance and reporting, this has proven to no longer be enough. Through both financial support (purchasing products from companies that already support these initiatives) and legislation, consumers will be able to make their own conscious choices and voices heard.
Vote with your dollar! Sign below and join me in this journey for justice!
Anna Louise // @annasteare