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Ethical Fashion and Country of Origin | What Story does Your Apparel Tell?

December is not all about the Holyday Season, it’s also Human Right’s month and December the 10th is Human Rights Day. Commemorated annually to mark the date in which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights two years later the Assembly passed a resolution inviting all States to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

The entire fashion and apparel industry should save the date, reiterating it’s commitments to abide by ethical fashion providing a clear answer to customers demand for ethically produced fashion products.

As a result from globalization of the whole manufacturing and supply chain process some products may have raw-materials from different countries, be sewn in a country packed and in another. From a consumer’s perspective this may arise some confusion as to the actual country of origin of the product. By the standards of country of origin, things are a lot less complicated: if your core business is manufacturing apparel and you have manufactured a garment, the label has to state your country of origin. It’s that simple.

Over the years designers make the brands and the brands are the reason why costumers enter the store to begin with, in some brands the country of origin either makes or breaks the sale.

When facing sourcing strategies for apparel manufacturers then rest assure to treat origin as an asset rather then an option (And I know many of you poor-souls-sourcing-managers, answering directly to the CFO, spending all your days battling spreadsheets not even laying eyes on a single thread for weeks in a row).  

Look for countries and companies trusted for abiding most important United Nations Human Rights Instruments and major International Labour Organization, Council of Europe, Hague Conference on Private International Law  covenants as well as the Geneva Convention and several other treaties.

The outcome will be significantly better then any code-form, for compliance check-list purposes (I’m not saying to get rid of them because then you would be liable) but a healthy combination of good sense and bureaucracy might do the trick.

In the midst of all that racket, from runway catharsis to supply chain fine tuned waltz, we are all but humans in the fashion industry.