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Revolutionizing Sri Lanka’s apparel industry: The QR code initiative


Sri Lanka's apparel manufacturers have initiated a pioneering collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), and the Global Language of Business (GS1) to usher in a new era of transparency and traceability. This initiative introduces a singular QR code affixed to every clothing item, providing a comprehensive array of information including brand details, supply chain transparency, product specifications, material composition, care instructions, compliance data, and recycling guidelines.

The primary objective is to enhance supply chain traceability through standardized disclosure benchmarks, facilitating seamless data exchange among stakeholders. Recognized by the World Economic Forum at COP28 for its environmental stewardship, Sri Lanka's apparel industry is setting new standards for accessibility and transparency.

In response to tightening sustainability legislation in the Global North, Sri Lanka is committing to aligning with evolving legal frameworks, particularly from key export destinations like the US, EU, and UK. This initiative signifies a historic milestone as competing entities within Sri Lanka's apparel industry unite for the common goal of accountability and sustainability.

While the journey towards complete supply chain traceability continues, stakeholders are actively engaged in finalizing prototypes and strategizing commercialization. The focus remains on ensuring widespread adoption of the technology and adherence to International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) priorities.

Looking ahead, Sri Lanka aims to scale the initiative, offering digital access to reliable data sources and emphasizing the importance of tracking carbon footprints across supply chains. With each scan, the apparel industry is rewriting the narrative towards a more transparent, traceable, and accountable future.



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