EURATEX Position Paper on Traceability
EURATEX pursues the smooth exchange of information along the global textile and apparel value chain and, in cooperation with its Members, engages in strategic actions which can coordinate and accelerate the uptake of suitable traceability solutions to address societal and business needs of today and of tomorrow.
What is Traceability? In the context of its work, EURATEX refers to traceability as both “the ability to trace the history, application or location of an object” in a supply chain (ISO, 2015) and “the process by which enterprises track materials and products and the conditions in which they were produced through the supply chain” (OECD, 2017). While no single definition of complex matters is perfect, exhaustive or can encompasses all main aspects, EURATEX acknowledges the amount work already carried out in international fora and finds appropriate to refer to these efforts’ outcome rather than developing a brand new definition.