Forget blockchain. First, get the right address

Ethical Trading Initiative, April 2019

"In an OAR working group, major software providers and industry MSIs are working together to develop an OAR API integration to standardize data across their databases. With all major platforms having the same name and address for a facility, users could unlock shared data profiles and comprehensive overviews of a facility."

Blockchain. Traceability. Digital IDs. Transparency. So many of us in the apparel industry have heard talk of these new models and technologies flying around conference halls, as we look to solutions for a more sustainable garment industry.

But there’s an industry-wide problem, rarely discussed, that must be solved before the potential power of these ideas and technologies can be realised.