(*) conduct diagnostic work on transparency and traceability in the textile value chain, including the mapping of requirements for traceability systems;
(*) communicate to governmental organizations, industry corporations, and consumers on the role of transparency and traceability for sustainable textiles value chains;
(*) support targeted education and training to designers and high-level management of the fashion industry on responsible production approaches for the sector;
(*) incentivise the business sector to invest in sustainable sourcing and supply chain mapping as a smart business strategy and a way to build trust with consumers;
(*) harmonize existing standards, certification and regulatory frameworks to help tackle confusion among producers and consumers between multiple approaches;
(*) use standardized information and auditing approaches according to strict rules;
(*) sustain innovative business solutions, IT developments (including blockchain) and smart devices to advance transparency in textile value chains and consumers’ awareness and engagement;
(*) support accelerators and start-ups working on social and environmental innovation in the clothing industry.
Such recommendations draw on discussions at the 30th UN/CEFACT Forum Conference on “Ethical and informed choices for sustainable clothing – Tracking and tracing textile supply chains” and The Emperor's New Clothes' brainstorming session held at the 2017 European Development Days (EDD). As a follow-up, a multi-stakeholder UN/CEFACT working group has been launched to support the development of the Framework Initiative.
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