Open data reveals rising sea levels threat to Asia’s apparel sector

Retail in Asia, November 2021

"In a case focused on human rights in supply chains, OAR data enabled the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre to quickly respond to the dismissal of over 1,000 garment workers for striking over the non-payment of benefits in Cambodia. BHRRC was able to swiftly use the OAR to identify brands sourcing from the factory and ask for their response and plan of action. Two brands responded and launched investigations. Through pressure from many quarters, including brand interventions, the majority of workers were reinstated."

In recent years, there has been no shortage of examples of the extreme weather events that scientists have warned would be experienced due to the impacts of climate change.

Looking to the future, using open datasets from the Open Apparel Registry (OAR) and Climate Central, researchers at Cornell University have revealed that thousands of Asian garment factories producing for global brands could be underwater by 2030 due to rising sea-levels.