By  on January 5, 2018

The Responsible Sourcing Network, a project from the nonprofit organization As You Sow, said that it has launched its new initiative, YESS: Yarn Ethically and Sustainably Sourced. Its objective is to eradicate forced labor and the worst forms of child labor out of cotton production.

Primary aims of YESS include: support for companies to help prove compliance with antislavery relations; increasing marketability for yarn spinners and brands that source ethical cotton; the establishment of industry-wide traceability; the creation of a global list of verified spinners and mills; the improvement of efficiencies; and the abatement of verification costs. YESS will also work toward achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 8 — decent work and economic growth — and Indicator 8.7, which is to take effective measures to eliminate forced labor, end modern slavery and eradicate the worst forms of child labor, with the hope to end all child labor by 2025.

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