The garment and textile industries employ millions of people and have a central role in the economies and societies of many developing countries. Jobs in this sector can be an entry point into the formal economy. Workers, particularly women, can have better income opportunities than may be available in other sectors. Governments can earn valuable foreign currency receipts and benefit from economic diversification opportunities.
However, serious social and environmental issues are prevalent in the sector, despite the efforts of various campaign groups and industry initiatives over the past two decades. For global brands, failure to adequately identify and prevent serious harm to people or the environment that may be occurring in their garment or textile supply chains represents a significant commercial risk.
At Kumi we bring a fresh perspective to supply chain due diligence and responsible sourcing. Unencumbered by inflexible audit frameworks or particular political agendas, we bring extensive expertise in designing, implementing and evaluating supply chain controls and supplier performance. We are particularly focused on helping companies understand and implement the supply chain due diligence framework developed by the OECD.