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Launching at the end of this month, the Open Apparel Registry (OAR) will enable companies, NGOs and consumers to track factories by name and address, with each factory containing a unique OAR ID.

This will help consumers, companies and NGO’s make certain that the factories they think their clothes are coming from are actually the right ones. Powered by Sourcemap and funded by the C&A Foundation, the project was launched in October 2018 and currently lists over 50,000 facilities, making it Sourcemap’s largest open-source project to date.

To keep the information up to date, brands are requested to put dates on the information that they submit to allow users to keep track of how recent the data are. As the first advanced name-and-address tracking system in the fashion industry, OAR aims to standardise facility mapping.

Read more about OAR here.