We investigate and raise awareness of the environmental and social impacts of consumer products such as cotton clothing and fabrics, tracing their origins back to the commodity’s source and examining each manufacturing stage.
1. Why track and trace your products?
Supply chain traceability allows consumers and industry to trace a finished product back through its manufacturing stages, to the source of the primary material. This means that at each stage, production conditions can be monitored.
EJF believes that if industry and consumers can identify the country of origin of commodities, they will be able to make purchasing choices that have a positive impact on social and environmental production standards.
2. Unraveling the cotton supply chain
Our Somebody Knows report explains how retailers can investigate their supply chain, tracing the production of their goods from raw materials to finished products, enabling them to eliminate cotton from environmentally or socially unacceptable practices.
The report outlines the key issues relating to the origin of cotton, the stages of the complex supply chain and how to track the suppliers at each stage to understand the entire journey of cotton from field to fabric.
It is vital for all retailers and brands keen to understand why knowing where their cotton comes from is so important, and how they can go about tracking and tracing this seemingly complex supply chain.