Transparency in Textile Value Chains in Relation to the Environmental, Social and Human Health Impacts of Parts, Components and Production Processes

The present publication surveys academic and policy-oriented literature on the relationship between the environmental, social and human health impacts of textile production and processing, on the one hand, and the extent to which information about such impacts reaches the final consumer. In doing so it examines the incidence of purchases of textile and apparel that may incorporate parts and components coming from environmentally harmful production processes that may have health consequences for workers and consumers. It also delves into how the textile industry relates to the concepts of transparency, traceability, supply-chain mapping and sustainable sourcing. It further attempts to answer questions such as: are there economic gains to reap for businesses becoming sustainable? Are there innovative IT solutions to facilitate textile value chains’ transparency through traceability? Lastly, is there scope for recommending regulatory action on both the public and private sectors’ side?