Raw Materials Sourcing in Apparel

Page Last Updated: October 5, 2020


Project Overview

Project Objective

The standard-setting project seeks to revise and clarify metrics CG-AA-440a.1 and CG-AA-440a.2 and the associated technical protocols to examine and improve measurability, completeness, comparability, alignment, and cost-effectiveness.

Project Background

Market input and internal review suggest that the two metrics associated with the Raw Materials Sourcing disclosure topic provide insufficient guidance that may result in inconsistent calculations and noncomparable disclosures. In addition, market input suggests that improvements to the completeness in which the metrics measure performance on the topic, along with further alignment with existing industry approaches should be considered.

Project Status

Current Status

Post-Consultation Analysis

Next Steps

After receiving substantial stakeholder input, SASB has closed its formal consultation phase of the Raw Materials Sourcing in Apparel Project. Those that wish to provide input on the project are still welcome to do so by contacting the Project Lead, Taylor Reed (taylor.reed@sasb.org).

In October 2020, staff plans to publish a summary of the comments received during the formal consultation phase. Staff is currently developing an Exposure Draft of Proposed Changes to the Apparel, Accessories & Footwear Standard that incorporates research and input from the consultation phase.

Contact Information

Taylor Reed
Sector Analyst – Consumer Goods, SASB
taylor.reed@sasb.org

Published Documents & Supplemental Materials

Published Documents

There are no published documents or drafts at this time.

Supplemental Materials

Briefing Document, April 2020, PDF
SASB to Improve Apparel, Accessories & Footwear Industry Guidance on Materials Sourcing Measurement, March 2020, online blog

Board Materials & Decisions

Board Meeting Outcomes

February 2020

  • The Board unanimously agreed to add a project on measuring performance on raw materials sourcing in the Apparel, Accessories & Footwear industry to its standard-setting agenda.

Board Materials

February 2020

For a full list of past and upcoming Standards Board meetings, as well as associated materials, please visit our Board Meetings Calendar & Archive.

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The staff has prepared this summary for informational purposes only. Any Standards Board decisions are tentative and do not change current accounting. Official positions of SASB are determined only after extensive due process and deliberations.