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Fashion's Next Trend: Accelerating Supply Chain Transparency in the Apparel and Footwear Industry

Fashion's Next Trend is the latest report produced by the Transparency Pledge coalition, a group of nine human rights and labor rights organizations (including ICAR) that formed in 2016 to improve transparency in garment and footwear supply chains. The report takes stock of supply chain transparency as of late 2019, updates information from the coalition's 2017 report Follow the Thread, provides an overview of positive new developments in the industry, and makes additional recommendations aimed at improving apparel companies’ due diligence practices on human rights.


Fashion's Next Trend: Annex III

Annex III of Fashion's Next Trend provides responses from all responsible business initiatives to the Transparency Pledge coalition's communications.


Good Business: The Economic Case for Protecting Human Rights

While there is ample evidence on the costs of corporate-related human rights abuse borne by society - whether in terms of 1,134 lives lost in Rana Plaza accident, 20.9 million people estimated by ILO to be victims of forced labour, or $1bn needed to restore the environment damaged by oil extraction in Niger Delta - the financial implications for companies, however, are still poorly understood.

Getting more clarity on the costs and risks to companies that result from adverse human rights impacts might help to break the impasse in the implementation of human rights due diligence in companies’ practice as well as in law.


The Business Case for Supply Chain Transparency

The Benefits of Transparency: A Business Case for the Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Transparency Pledge, makes the business case for companies to adopt greater supply chain transparency measures, showing that when they do, businesses enjoy better reputations, greater operational efficiency, improved legal compliance, and increased access to capital.


Full Disclosure: Towards Better Modern Slavery Reporting

This report by ICAR and Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) takes stock of progress made under current modern slavery reporting requirements and issues recommendations to improve these laws and corporate reporting practices under them.


Who Made Our Uniforms?

A report published by CORE and ICAR reveals that that a third of companies that have supplied uniforms for UK public sector workers, including the armed forces and prison officers, have not reported on what they are doing to tackle slavery in their supply chains.


Tools of the Trade: The Use of U.S. Generalized System of Preferences to Promote Labor Rights for All

This report examines the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which is a trade program that conditionally provides duty-free access for more than 3,500 goods from its 120 beneficiary countries to the United States.


Extractives and NAPs on BHR

Despite the widely recognized ill-effects of extractive operations on the communities in which they operate, States, development banks, and extractive companies continue to support these projects without due consideration of their potential human rights impacts.


Follow the Thread

ICAR is pleased to announce the publication of "Follow the Thread: The Need for Supply Chain Transparency in the Garment and Footwear Industry," which was developed by a coalition of 9 organizations, including ICAR.


Knowing & Showing

The Report, edited, reviewed and endorsed by Professor Cynthia A. Williams, argues that human rights are materially relevant to corporate securities reporting and encourages the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to guide businesses in reporting material human rights information in their periodic and proxy disclosure reports.


Tainted Lands: Corruption in Large-Scale Land Deals

Tainted Lands takes the most comprehensive look to date at how corruption is fuelling the global land grabbing crisis, which has seen millions of people displaced from their homes and farmland.

The report calls on companies and governments to ensure that land deals are transparent, are corruption-free, and protect the rights of local communities.


The Corporate Crimes Principles

The Corporate Crimes Principles were developed by a group of eminent legal experts, with the support of ICAR and Amnesty International, to encourage State actors to combat corporate crimes more effectively. They were developed following extensive global consultations with investigators, prosecutors, lawyers and civil society actors. The Principles provide practical guidance on issues such as: case selection, evidence collection, identifying tools, resources and strategies for effectively pursuing such cases, cross-border collaboration, and victims’ access to justice and witness protection. View Website: Commercecrimehumanrights.org


Human Rights Due Diligence: The Role of States

In conjunction with the United Nations Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights, the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) along with the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) and the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) launched the report below by International Experts on Business and Human Rights, entitled “Human Rights Due Diligence: the Role of States.”