Further increase transparency of AGT companies
From 2016 to 2019, the number of unique production locations publicized by signatories of the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT), has more than doubled from 2,800 to 6,000. The locations can be found on the Open Apparel Registry (OAR): a global database of textile production locations. The growing number of production locations of AGT companies on the OAR, demonstrates their ongoing effort to increase supply chain transparency.
The OAR is a transparent source of information for companies, NGOs and trade unions. The latter organisations can consult the database for research into environmental or social issues which affect workers. Companies can see which other brands are also buying from the same factories. This makes it easier to work together in order to prevent or mitigate risks and to exert more influence over the supply chain. According to the latest available data on 2019 (collected October 2020), 5,989 unique production locations of AGT companies are listed on the OAR. The actual worldwide OAR list contains about 45,000 production locations in total. See this short video how OAR works (1’32”).
All AGT companies contribute to the AGT aggregated list on OAR. No less than 70 percent 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 even take an extra step: twelve AGT companies signed the Transparency Pledge (2016: two companies), 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.