Sustainability and Social Responsibility

How to Bring Transparency to the Apparel Supply Chain: A Future Roadmap

  • Gurinder Kaur (Thomas Jefferson University)
  • Amrut Sadachar (Auburn University)


Typically, the global apparel supply chain functions differently than other supply chains in which products are sourced and delivered according to a variety of comprehensive laws and regulations. Supply chain transparency is considered a key component of social and environmental sustainability. Despite recent improvements in supply chain management, issues remain, including product tampering, low traceability, delays, poor on-time information sharing, and above all, a lack of transparency in the process due to opaque and distrustful networks. Thus, it is difficult to determine when, where, and how apparels were originally produced, particularly since most apparel companies move their production facilities offshore to other developing nations. Currently, there is no static image of supply chain transparency due to lack of global governance. The purpose of the present study was to suggest a comprehensive framework that captures multiple dimensions contributing to a transparent apparel supply chain. 

Keywords: Apparel supply chain, transparency, sustainability

How to Cite:

Kaur, G. & Sadachar, A., (2024) “How to Bring Transparency to the Apparel Supply Chain: A Future Roadmap”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
27 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed