Linking Together: These NGOs Are Helping Fix a Broken Supply Chain

Published
December 2016

As we often stress, the need to bring transparency to the retail supply chain is growing increasingly urgent. Inspectorio was founded upon this belief, but there are numerous other non-governmental organizations out there working toward the same general goal.

Today, we thought we would highlight a few of them.

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Website: www.apparelcoalition.org

Twitter: @apprlcoalition

What They Do: Based in San Francisco, the SAC strives to reduce the negative environmental and human impacts of the apparel and textile industries. They do this by increasing accountability on manufacturers, retailers and brands. Their system is geared around a set of self-assessment tools known as the Higg Index.

Slave to Fashion

Website: www.safia-minney.com/slave-to-fashion.html

Twitter: @SlaveToFash

What They Do: Crowdfunded through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, Slave to Fashion is the brainchild of Safia Minney, a prominent social entrepreneur and fair trade advocate. It's a book and campaign intended to expose what she describes as "modern slavery" in the fashion industry, while presenting steps that businesses and consumers can take to help fix this broken system.

UN Global Compact

Website: www.unglobalcompact.org/

Twitter: @globalcompact

What They Do: Dubbing itself "the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative," UN Global Compact calls upon companies to align with its Ten Principles, which relate to human rights, labor guidelines, environmental sustainability and anti-corruption. More than 8,000 companies are currently participating in the program.

International Labor Rights Forum

Website: www.laborrights.org/

Twitter: @ILRF

What They Do: As the name suggests, ILRF is an organization advocating for the rights of workers across the globe. Their efforts are particularly centered on developing nations and third-world countries where regulations are loose and enforcement lax. ILRF seeks improvement by holding global corporations accountable and advancing pro-worker policies.

Clean Clothes Campaign

Website: https://cleanclothes.org/

Twitter: @cleanclothes https://twitter.com/cleanclothes

What They Do: Founded in 1989, the CCC is a workers' rights organization based in Europe. Their partner network includes more than 200 organizations and unions, and operates with a goal of empowering garment workers and improving factory conditions. 

Ethical Fashion Forum

Website: www.ethicalfashionforum.com

Twitter: @EthicalFashionF

What They Do: The EFF describes itself as "the industry body for sustainable fashion," and works collaboratively with designers, buyers, retailers, manufacturers and more in efforts to support and promote practices that are socially and environmentally responsible. This organization developed the Source platform, which is a massive digital database designed to serve as a one-stop shop for tools, services and resources vital to the sustainability movement.

Fashion Revolution

Website: www.fashionrevolution.org

Twitter: @fash_rev

What They Do: "Who made my clothes?" This it the question that Fashion Revolution implores consumers to ask themselves. The nonprofit has dedicated one day on the calendar -- April 24th -- to raising awareness of fashion's true cost. The movement is all about bringing people and companies together, even those that might be competitors outside of this common cause.

People Tree

Website: www.peopletree.co.uk

Twitter: @PeopleTree

What They Do: People Tree aims to be a different sort of fashion retailer. Everything they sell was produced through ethical and eco-friendly means. A pushback against fast fashion, this company doesn't sacrifice quality or design in the name of sustainability, offering beautiful and comfortable handmade garments. In 2013, they became the first clothing company ever to receive the WFTO Fair Trade product mark.

Good Weave

Website: www.goodweave.org

Twitter: @GoodWeave

What They Do: The mission is simple: end illegal child labor in India, Nepal and Afghanistan. Their specific focus is the carpet industry, but they aspire to apply their methods and practices to other sectors. If you buy a rug and it has a GoodWeave certification stitched into the back, then you can take it home with peace of mind knowing that no child was exploited in its production.

Textile Exchange

Website: www.textileexchange.org

Twitter: @TextileExchange

What They Do: This global nonprofit has spent the last 15 years working to make the textile industry more responsible and sustainable. They promote environmentally friendly fibers and materials while urging stakeholders at every step of the supply chain to adopt ethical practices and become more transparent.

These companies and organizations are all doing wonderful and necessary work to create a more sustainable future. We at Inspectorio commend them for their efforts and are eager to follow their progress moving forward.