Publish your supplier data on the OAR

Join brands of all sizes from around the world in this open data movement by publishing you supplier data on the Open Apparel Registry.

By publishing your supplier data on the OAR, you can:

  • Understand which other brands and organizations are connected to your current or prospective suppliers, and identify new opportunities for collaboration at the facility-level.

  • Save time and money by automatically cleaning facility names and addresses against OAR IDs.

  • Demonstrate your commitment to opening up supply chain data by joining the growing movement for open data and transparency in the apparel sector, and sharing your data in a way that is accessible and collaborative. The OAR can also be used to satisfy the requirements of many supply chain disclosure programs and agreements.

The OAR is a valuable tool for us to validate and improve the accuracy of our supply chain data. It enables us to openly share our supply chain information with stakeholders and understand which sector initiatives the facilities we work with are involved in. We feed this information into our internal supplier ranking system.


How to contribute your supplier data to the Open Apparel Registry:

It’s free and easy to contribute data to the OAR. All you need is the name, address, and country of each of your suppliers. Here’s how it works:

  • Register: If you haven’t already, register for a free OAR account.
  • Prepare + Upload: Prepare a CSV or Excel file of your supplier data, following the directions on the Contribute page of the OAR, and upload it to the OAR. A few items to consider when preparing your data:
    1. Please deduplicate your list. The OAR algorithm will check whether the facilities in your list already exist in the OAR and match them accordingly. However, the algorithm will not remove duplicates within your list. Therefore, we ask that you remove duplicate facilities from your list before uploading. Read more about what is considered a duplicate in the OAR.
    2. Separate your plots/units/buildings. Please only upload one plot/unit/building per line in your upload. This way, our algorithm and moderation team can easily match entries unit by unit.

Tip: Want to divide up your lists? The Open Apparel Registry allows users to search by list. This means that the name of your list will be publicly displayed. This can be useful if you are looking to separate your suppliers in a way that is searchable, such as a separate list for each tier of your supply chain.

Image shows a screenshot of Filter by Contributor List of Levis Strauss Co.
  • Resolve Errors: You’ll receive an email notification when your list has been processed. Once you’ve received this notification, check to see if you have any errors in your data and look through the "Processing Data in the OAR" section of our FAQs (one common and easily resolved error is a typo in a country name, for instance). Resolve the errors in your CSV or Excel file and re-upload it to the OAR, replacing your previous file.

  • Confirm / Reject: When you upload your list, the algorithm on which the OAR is run will work to match your facilities with those already in the database. For those that are obvious duplicates, the algorithm will automatically match them. For those where the algorithm is below 80% confident it is a match, you will be asked to manually confirm or reject matches of your facilities with those already in the database. Be sure to complete this step in order for all of your facilities to display in the OAR.

After contributing:

Once you have contributed your data to the OAR, ensure you are making the most of that contribution:

  • See who else is connected to your suppliers: Once you have contributed to the OAR, check out the OAR profiles of each of your suppliers to see which other companies and organizations are affiliated with the facilities you work with.

  • Share your OAR contribution: Link directly to your supplier data on the OAR from your website or embed it as a map, so your users can easily search, navigate through and/or download your supplier list. These free graphics are available for use to point users to your OAR contribution on your website, LinkedIn profile, and/or on social media.

Image shows a screenshot of Four H Apparels Limited's contributors.
  • Encourage your suppliers to claim their facilities: We recommend you reach out to your suppliers to notify them that your supplier list is on the OAR and encourage them to claim their profiles on the tool (here is some suggested text you can use). By claiming their facilities on the OAR, facility owners or senior management can add additional details to their profiles, including:
    • MOQs

    • Lead times

    • Certifications

    • Number of workers

    • Percentage of female workers

    • Parent company / supplier group

Looking to display your supplier data as a map on your website?

The Open Apparel registry offers an easy-to-use embedded map plug-in for your website. By subscribing to this feature, you’ll be able to simply upload your data to the OAR and then pull just your organization’s data into a supplier map on your website. You can even include additional data points not hosted on the OAR, such as number of workers, facility type and more.

Visit our Embedded Map page to learn more and see examples of live maps on other brand websites.