Fashion supply chains are notoriously opaque, and this can enable exploitative working conditions to thrive while obscuring who has the responsibility and power to redress them.
While a growing number of brands and retailers have published a list of the factories where their garments are cut and sewn, the vast majority of brands are not yet disclosing the facilities where fabrics and yarns are made. This leaves a huge blind spot where human rights and environmental risks may be significant and going unaddressed.
In support of Goal 1 of the Tamil Nadu Declaration and Framework of Action, we conducted research into the supply chain transparency efforts of 62 major fashion brands and retailers last year. Our report revealed that only 31% of brands were disclosing part of their textile supply chain, with only 1 out of 62 brands disclosing their entire global supply chain beyond the first tier of manufacturing.
When you start to look further down the supply chain, where fabrics are knitted or woven, textiles are treated and laundered, yarns are spun and dyed, fibres are sorted and processed and raw materials are grown and picked; there remains a widespread lack of transparency. We need brands to provide more visibility and take more responsibility for their entire global supply chain, including processing facilities and textile mills.
We’re calling upon citizens everywhere to demand greater transparency from brands by asking #WhoMadeMyFabric? We’re also calling for producers to tell us #IMadeYourFabric, so we can connect more closely with the people who produce the fabrics and raw materials we wear.
Help us call on more than 60 major fashion brands and retailers to publicly disclose the processing facilities and textile mills in their global supply chains.
Tag brands on social media to ask #WhoMadeMyFabric, and make sure to use our #WhoMadeMyFabric poster in your photos (or make your own!) and tag us at @fash_rev. If you’re a producer working in the fashion supply chain, you can also use our #IMadeYourFabric poster and hashtag to share your story with the world.
Brands and retailers listen closely to their customers, so one of the most effective ways to share your concerns about working conditions in their supply chains is by leaving them a product review. How do you leave a product review? Copy the paragraph below and paste it in the review section of one of these brand websites. You can also use customer review platforms such as Trustpilot to help amplify the campaign.
Copy this text:
I am your customer, and I love your style. However, I would like to know more about the people who make your clothes and the materials they are made from. Please publish a list of all the textile production facilities in your supply chain. This is a vital first step to take accountability for the working conditions of the people who make your products. Can you tell me #WhoMadeMyFabric?
Download and print a #WhoMadeMyFabric poster and share a picture, making sure to tag the brands on social media.DOWNLOAD
Download and print an #IMadeYourFabric poster for producers to showcase who they are and what they do on social media.DOWNLOAD
In 2020, we conducted research into the supply chain transparency efforts of 62 major fashion brands and retailers.READ NOW
A digital guide with actions and ideas for citizens to get involved in Fashion Revolution Week 2021.READ NOW
A digital guide with actions and ideas for producers, farmers and factories to get involved in Fashion Revolution Week 2021. Also available in Bahsa, Bangla, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu.READ NOW
A digital guide with actions and ideas for brands and retailers to get involved in Fashion Revolution Week 2021.READ NOW
A blog post showcasing a selection of #IMadeYourFabric images and interviews with textile workers in Tamil Nadu.READ NOW
The Tamil Nadu Alliance is a coalition of civil society networks, representing over 100 grassroots organisations, working to improve the conditions of workers in the textile supply chain in Tamil Nadu.
Last year the Tamil Nadu Alliance launched the Tamil Nadu Declaration and Framework of Action. The Declaration calls on international brands and retailers to commit to five goals to support a sustainable textile industry in Tamil Nadu and tackle exploitative practices in their supply chains. Yarn and fabric manufactured in spinning mills and textile units in Tamil Nadu can be found in the supply chains of many European and US brands and retailers.
Goal 1 of the Tamil Nadu Declaration requests that brands and retailers expand supply chain transparency beyond tier 1 manufacturing facilities, by publicly disclosing a list of the textile spinning mills in Tamil Nadu that are in their supply chain. By making this information public, workers and civil society organisations are able to identify and connect with international businesses that are sourcing from spinning mills to improve working conditions.