The OAR Structure and Business Model
The OAR is established as a non-profit corporation, registered in the State of Delaware USA, pending 501(c)(3) determination. The OAR receives grants and project support from a variety of organizations. You can read more about these grants below.
While the OAR is committed to ensuring that any organization can access better quality name and address information and OAR IDs for free, it also offers a range of paid-for services for users with more sophisticated data needs. These Premium Features (the OAR API and Embedded Map) help ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the tool.
If you’re interested in exploring funding partnerships with the Open Apparel Registry, contact: email@example.com.
Since its inception, the OAR has received core grant funding from Laudes Foundation (formerly C&A Foundation). Laudes Foundation has committed to funding the OAR until the end of 2025.
The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles
In 2021 the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (PST) funded the technical development of the OAR’s Embedded Map feature, as well as the translation of OAR marketing materials into Bangla and Khmer. The PST also funded a training workshop for trade unions and civil society in Cambodia to help them understand how to make use of the OAR for worker advocacy.
Humanity United provided a learning grant to the OAR in 2021. Through this learning grant, we consolidated what we had learned from building and growing the Open Apparel Registry, and considered how to evolve our work in apparel - and beyond. The learning grant culminated in the publication of our first report: From Opaque to Open: Untangling Apparel Supply Chains with Open Data.