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Social accountability pivot of apparel industry
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Social accountability has become an increasingly important tool for the importing countries to motivate the suppliers to maintain a high level of social and environmental performance.

With the growing importance of the concept, it has moved from a simple definition of ethical trading and has now grown in importance to become a system of managing a company in a way that balances interests of all stakeholders, customers, employees, investors, suppliers, society, government, and environment.

Within the parameters of human rights and dignity of work, retailers worldwide, are under pressure to give 'sweatshop-free' clothing to the consumers. Apart from this, shrinking lead times is also influencing the situation along with the fast fashion concept.

All these factors have created a lot of pressure on the supply chain, leading to worsening of labor conditions in this sector. To keep pace with the global happenings and enlistment of image on the international map, the social compliance issues should be handled with dexterity both by policymakers and the exporters.

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