31 January 2013

Tool connects procurers with responsible brands

An online tool has been released that helps purchasing departments find responsible apparel brands. The Business to Business (B2B) Brandfinder, released by the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), allows users to search for a wide range of clothing types, including workwear, protective gear, uniforms and promotional clothing. It has been designed for public and corporate procurement officers, as well as for retailers and wholesalers.

‘An increasing number of governments and corporations are interested in sustainable procurement. An important element of sustainability is respect for human rights in supply chains.’ said Erica van Doorn, Director of Fair Wear Foundation. ‘FWF receives many requests for help from procurement officers, as well as from retailers and wholesalers looking to stock responsible brands. The B2B Brandfinder is designed to help answer those requests.’

More than 80 companies representing 120 brands are members of FWF, an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to improving conditions for garment workers around the world. FWF’s unique approach acknowledges that ‘100% Fair’ clothing does not yet exist, and places an emphasis on practical steps brands can take to reduce the risk of problems in factories.

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