The global supply chain that clothes US consumers

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (July 1,2013) displays data from the Office of Textiles and Apparel at the US Department of Commerce to show exporting countries that clothe US consumers. The participants range from China (exporting $553 million pairs of cotton pants and shorts), Italy (the first ranked supplier of wool suits), El Salvador (exporting 297 million sets of cotton underwear and 358 million pairs of hosiery), Bangladesh (exporting 214 million pants and shorts), Vietnam (336 million shorts) etc. Clearly the world’s suppliers clothe US consumers and support manufacturing and trade globally. But the US Department of Commerce also has a database on its website to enable retailers to source from “US made” manufacturers. Given the vast involvement of global manufacturers, how should US retailers organize compliance at manufacturing and shipping sources to acceptable codes of conduct ? Should trade associations organize such efforts, NGOs or governments ? Should compliance with customer expectations be a brand level responsibility or part of regulations that should be imposed on the retailer to sell products in US markets ?

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