New Data Points on the OAR:  What impact will they have? 

The Open Apparel Registry has launched the ability to contribute and search by five new data points. Read testimonials from stakeholders across the apparel sector on how having these new data points in the OAR will impact their work.

The OAR’s strategy is to open up supply chain data for the benefit of all. The power of the OAR’s approach lies in transforming messy, inconsistent data into structured datasets, made freely available to all stakeholders under an open data license. In launching this development, we are driving further consensus within the apparel sector around key data points, leading to the increased data standardization the sector so desperately needs.

Natalie Grillon, Executive Director, Open Apparel Registry

Brands

As a long-standing data contributor to the Open Apparel Registry, we are delighted to see this development to the tool. The ability for users to contribute and search through additional data points about facilities creates enormous opportunities for more efficient collaboration. It catalyzes the supply chain improvements stakeholders across the sector are working hard to achieve.

- Gerhard Grimm, UL Transparency Content, C&A Europe

As a luxury brand, we are proud to share data about our supply chain on the Open Apparel Registry, including the additional data points launching today. As well as being vital for our own transparency commitments, we see great potential in openly sharing supply chain data to collectively create the change we hope to see throughout the global apparel industry.

- Tara St James, VP of Sustainability, Supply Chain & Culture, Another Tomorrow

At Rapha, we believe supply chain transparency underpins positive change in the apparel industry. It allows brands to collaborate on identifying and remedying human rights risks, enables workers to assert their rights and hold brands accountable, and gives our customers knowledge on where their products are made. It is vital that the industry aligns on the data points used, to better facilitate the analysis that drives change. That’s why we have added four new data points to our supplier list on the OAR: Number of Workers, Parent Company, Type of Product, and Type of Facility.

- Natalie Smith, Supply Chain Sustainability Lead, Rapha

The Antigua Group believes that disclosing information on facilities can create common standards across the industry and lead to more effective collaboration which, in turn, helps to advance global human rights in our supply chain. That's why we've chosen to share our facility data, including number of workers and facility process, with the Open Apparel Registry and we look forward to the opportunities this will bring us to work together with others on improvements within our global supply chain.

- Kutay Ozer, Chief Operating Officer, Antigua Group

Civil Society & Researchers

These additional data points launching on the Open Apparel Registry are the missing piece of the puzzle that we at the Transparency Pledge have been hoping to see, as we strive towards creating more equitable conditions throughout global apparel supply chains. The contribution of the Open Apparel Registry to standardize and open up access to supply chain data is instrumental in shifting the sector onto a more sustainable path, and we call on brands and others to contribute these additional data points to the Registry, for the benefit of all.

Paul Roeland, Brand Disclosure Coordinator, Transparency Pledge

Having more detailed information about supply chain facilities is essential to tracking impacts in the apparel industry. As a contributor to and user of the Open Apparel Registry, the new additional data points feature will become a crucial piece in WikiRate's work to connect the dots between actors in the supply chain and their environmental and social impacts.

- Laureen van Breen, Managing Director, WikiRate

The OAR has been an invaluable resource for our team, and the addition of these new data points will allow us to reveal another important facet in our research. We’re calculating the effects of climate change on workers and suppliers in the global apparel supply chain. Especially useful for us is the new data coming into the tool on numbers of workers and types of facility.

- Jason Judd, Executive Director, New Conversations Project in the Cornell University ILR School

Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives

"At ZDHC, we're working together with our community to eliminate hazardous chemicals from apparel and footwear supply chains, so visibility into facility and processing types is fundamental to the work that we do. Being able to programmatically exchange this data with the OAR via our API connection creates enormous efficiency benefits to both organizations and, by sharing the data openly, provides the opportunity for users across the sector to come together to work on environmental improvements that benefit everyone."

- Frank Michel, Executive Director, The ZDHC Foundation