A conference titled ‘Cotton2Cloth: Transparency in the Apparel Industry’ was held in Negombo, Sri Lanka from December 5 to 8. The event brought together 57 participants from 12 countries with participants looking at how to use transparency to improve working conditions in the apparel industry. The need for greater transparency in apparel supply chains was the subject of a meeting which brought together representatives from apparel manufacturers, brands and retailers as well as government NGOs and textile industry workers.
Leslie Johnston, executive director of the C&A Foundation said that transparency is a core pillar of C&A Foundation's work. RGE Foundation believes that it can bring about accountability and transform the fashion industry into a force for good. C& A Foundation co-hosted the Sri Lanka-based event along with Humanity United, Open Society Foundations and Transparentem. The meeting was held under Chatham House Rule. However, there were some interesting observations about how a lack of transparency in supply chains is not conducive to sustainability.