Civil Society

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Contribute to and make use of the OAR

Civil society organizations around the world are contributing to and/or using the Open Apparel Registry in support of their missions. Here are some resources and instructions for how you can use the OAR to do the same.

Looking for inspiration and want to hear how other civil society organizations are making use of OAR data?

Civil society organizations are using the OAR to:

  • Find which brands/organizations are affiliated with facilities to speed up access to remedy
  • Overlay facility data with environmental data to determine priority regions for conservation projects
  • Hone in on which organizations would be the strongest partners for a program, based on their affiliations with facilities in certain regions

Read more in the three case studies below and on our Case Studies page.

Searching the OAR

Data in the Open Apparel Registry is available for anyone to search and download manually, for free. Read through this resource for tips on how you can set up the OAR search you are looking for.

As a free, public registry, the OAR has become a vital tool for corporate transparency and accountability, for us, and partners. It brings immediate benefits to our work. For instance, we use the OAR to track back the abuse reported to us in apparel factories to ensure brands are informed of violations in their supply chains, and to seek accountability – due diligence to end abuse, and remedy for those harmed.

- Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Contributing to the OAR

Are you collecting apparel facility name and address data as part of your programs? Civil society organizations are a key stakeholder in contributing data to the OAR. Here’s how:

  • Register: If you haven’t already, register for a free OAR account.

  • Prepare + Upload: Prepare a CSV or Excel file of the facility data you have collected, 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 facilities in a way that is searchable, like by the different programs your organization is running.

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  • 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.

  • See who else is connected with the facilities you submitted: Once you have contributed to the OAR, check out the OAR profiles of each of the facilities you submitted to see which other companies and organizations are connected with them.
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Want to integrate your database with the OAR?

We offer one and two-way integrations between user databases and the OAR through our API. We run a program for qualifying civil society organizations to apply for free/discounted access to this Premium Feature. Learn more about how the OAR API works and check out our free/discounted API access policy, to see if you qualify. If you believe you do, you can apply through this form.