This time last year, we looked at the Fashion Revolution movement and its clarion call for transparency across fashion supply chains. Since then, the movement has gained even more momentum; 2017 numbers reflect greater participation on social media with more consumers asking #whomademyclothes, and more workers posting photos of themselves replying, #imadeyourclothes.
Crucially, more brands are responding to the demand for transparency. 2017’s Fashion Revolution Week had over 1,000 mainstream clothing brands respond to #whomademyclothes, up from around 400 the previous year. It’s a safe bet that this form of engagement will keep growing in the coming years. So the real question becomes, what’s next?
There's no silver bullet for transparency...or is there?
Last year, we suggested that there’s no silver bullet for supply chain transparency. Physical audits and inspections play a part, but so do tech solutions such as smart tags and data networks, along with business solutions like supply chain finance for sustainable behavior.
And while all that remains true a year later, what’s becoming clear is this piecemeal set of solutions might eventually become an obstacle to real change.
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