Open Supply Hub, a nonprofit formerly known as the Open Apparel Registry, has debuted as a supply chain mapping data platform for multiple industries. The initiative is intended to enable data sharing and collaboration among global brands, industry bodies and civil society organizations.
The platform is open to all businesses. Upon creating a free account, a user may run searches, then analyze, download or upload data.
The Open Supply Hub team vets all data for quality before sharing, and an algorithm cleans and standardizes it. The data includes fields such as factory name, address and a unique ID for each factory. It also covers sector, product type and number of workers. The new platform spans a range of sectors, from sporting goods to furniture, consumer packaged goods, apparel and electronics. A multi-stakeholder board of directors governs the hub.
“Industry has been asking for this kind of open data for years,” said executive director Natalie Grillon. “Open Supply Hub helps all of us solve the world’s major challenges together, from public companies reporting to investors to people advocating for improved worker rights.”
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