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Search and download data from the OAR, for free

You can search and download data from the Open Apparel Registry to inform social and environmental research related to apparel supply chains and the organizations within them. Here are some resources and instructions for how you can make the most of data available in the OAR.

Tips for searching the OAR

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

We’re here to help

If you’re researching something in particular and would like to set up a one-on-one chat with a member of our team, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team members have deep subject-matter expertise when it comes to apparel facilities, supply chain transparency and open data, and after working with the data of over 60K global facilities, we have a lot to share. We’re especially happy to answer questions like:

  • What trends are you seeing in apparel supply chains globally?

  • What does publicly available supplier data actually need to look like to be accessible and actionable?

  • How to couple the OAR with other available datasets (or how others have done so) to arrive at a new set of insights.

  • How to set up a search in the OAR tailored to the needs of your research.


Email us at info@openapparel.org and we’ll set up a time to chat or can answer simple questions over email, as needed.

Referencing the OAR in your work

The Open Apparel Registry is licensed under Creative Commons. Should you end up citing the OAR in your work, we ask that you follow these guidelines: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

We also have a folder of public assets to help you talk about the OAR (including our boilerplate, logos, brand guidelines, and more).

We’d love to hear about your work

If you’re using OAR data in your work or are planning to publish anything that will be making use of the OAR or its data, we’d love to hear about it. It’s incredibly helpful for us to know how the OAR is being used, so we can continue to build our tool to be as useful as possible. We also love to support in spreading the word about publications.

Drop us a line at info@openapparel.org. We always enjoy hearing from members of our community.

Looking for more examples of the OAR in action?

We have a wide range of case studies sharing stories of how OAR data is being used to inform research and civil society programs, from WWF, to Clean Clothes Campaign and the New Conversations program at Cornell University.