Are manufacturers, retailers and brands serious about providing sourcing visibility to ensure ethical supply chains? And are consumers willing to pay for it?
From time to time, stories pop up in the press about the mistreatment of workers at overseas factories. Eventually, however, the outrage dies down, and the public forgets. Now, however, there are signs of a serious effort by manufacturers, retailers and brands to keep the issue in the public eye, by providing consumers with visibility about where, how and under what conditions their products were made. The apparel giant H&M, for one, having previously weathered criticism for failing to ensure fair wages at its global factories, is now offering to provide consumers with the minutest details about the materials that go into its clothing. So is the push for an ethical, sustainable supply chain really … sustainable? On this episode, we get answers from Dr. Chad Autry, FedEx Corp. Endowed Professor of Supply Chain in the University of Tennessee's online Masters in supply chain management program. Hosted by Bob Bowman, executive editor of SupplyChainBrain.
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A white paper from the Global Supply Chain Institute on “Creating a Transparent Supply Chain.”
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