Agreement starts collaboration with Open Apparel Registry
The production locations of participating companies can now be found on that website. The cooperation with Open Apparel Registry has the advantage that the production locations of the participants in the agreement are internationally easier accessible. In addition, each production location shows directly whether other companies (inside or outside the covenant) are purchasing at certain locations in addition to agreement signatories.
Making public where all participating companies purchase their products is a good step towards transparency in the production chain. By gaining more insight into the chain, companies can act better on the identified risks. Through their partner organisations, civil society organisations and unions have an overview of the working conditions in production locations and can raise signals about this within the agreement when they appear on the list.
Production locations can be found via OAR
The Open Apparel Registry (OAR) is an open source map and a database of production locations worldwide. The production locations of the covenant can be found via the search term "Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT)". The covenant supplies a file of almost 6,000 unique locations to the existing list, which now contains more than 18,000 locations (from companies inside and outside the covenant).
Complaints and disputes
An independent complaints and disputes committee has been established within the agreement. Parties to the Agreement may submit a dispute about other parties and about participating companies if they believe such parties/companies have failed to meet their obligations. Disadvantaged parties may also submit a complaint. They can do so individually or be represented by an organisation acting on their behalf. Workers at production sites can, for example, submit a complaint about non-payment of a living wage, child labour or damage to the environment.