The OAR or Open Apparel Registry is designed to be the core truth source for identifying apparel facilities. It promotes trust by giving open-source information on the brands and locations of fashion supply chain facilities worldwide for free.
Fashion brands such as Hugo Boss, Clean Clothes Campaign, and ESPRIT are some of the users and supporters of the OAR. Therefore, the OAR has been the dependable source to know clothing facilities and their affiliates.
They do this by gathering all the names of the facilities in open-source and central maps. In addition, the list has the factories’ names, addresses, affiliates, and a unique OAR ID.
This ID has 15 characters that are specific to every facility. Moreover, the ID and other information about the facility are licensed and open because of the Creative Commons Sharealike 4.0 license.
The OAR’s mission is to keep neutral, public, and open-source data that contains information about the facilities in the global clothing and footwear industry. In addition, the goal for this is for the sectors to collaborate and make the identification of factories better.
Overall, it’s ideal to see all the clothing facilities across the globe, including the subcontractors included in the OAR, with their ID. Simply put, the ID from the OAR is the source of truth to make better collaborations and improve supply chains.
Lastly, the exciting part is the opportunities on the possible trends in the supply chain in the long run and the other data upgrades that can be added to the tool.