WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW TO GOVERN THE GARMENT INDUSTRY
Much of the policy developed over the past decades – from factory audit systems to transparency campaigns to human rights due diligence thinking – is based on assumptions about how the garment industry functions. Upon closer inspection, however, many of the assumptions that business, government and civil society strategies are based on are highly questionable. Understandable tendencies to drawn on past experiences, to fall back on 20th century mental models, and to rely on anecdote and best guesses when hard data is scarce all play a role. So does the enormous strain that civil society has been placed under due to political and funding pressure. Nonetheless, effective solutions need to proceed from accurate assumptions, reliable data, and relevant theory put into practice. KI aims to bring together a multidisciplinary network to help fill gaps in the data, to reframe assumptions that don’t hold up, and to propose new governance solutions fit for purpose in the 21st century.