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RSN has created the YESS initiative to drive slavery out of cotton production. This will be accomplished by eliminating the market for cotton produced with forced labor, and increasing the use of ethical and sustainable cotton.

YESS utilizes the OECD risk-based due diligence approach to identify and eliminate slavery from cotton production and apparel value chains. YESS is coordinating its activities with sustainable cotton initiatives and other complementary programs to ensure harmonization of a due diligence system for the entire industry.

The value of developing and implementing YESS is to: 

  • Assist companies to comply with anti-slavery regulations. 
  • Increase marketability for spinners and brands.  
  • Give consumers assurance that brands are working together to encourage ethical and sustainable cotton production. 
  • Minimize verification costs and improve efficiencies. 
  • Train and enable spinners to implement effective due diligence systems. 
  • Establish an industry-wide traceability approach and a global list of verified spinners and mills. 

To learn more about YESS, take a look at the YESS 2-page Overview and Slide Presentation.

View the YESS Infographic! 

Read our press release! 

Retailers, brands, manufacturers, NGOs and other stakeholders are invited to endorse YESS by signing a Statement of Support. We ask that you fill out the form to add your organization’s name to our list of YESS supporters and to receive updates on our progress. 


Scroll down for the full list of endorsements.


YESS Endorsements

  1. Accord Knits S.A.
  2. Adelington Design Group (kate spade & company)
  3. adidas Group
  4. Anti-Slavery International
  5. Arthur & Henry
  6. BJ’s Wholesale Club
  8. Castor Holdings LLC
  9. Child Labor Coalition
  10. Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes
  11. CREA
  12. Dana Investment Advisors
  13. Daya by Jenni
  14. DePaul
  15. Dogwood Alliance, Inc.
  16. Dominican Sisters of Hope
  17. Ellos Group
  18. Eurow & O’Reilly Corporation
  19. Fashion Takes Action
  20. Flex Knits Factories Inc.
  21. FutureMade
  22. GES International AB
  23. Hallenstein Glasson Holdings Ltd
  24. Hudson’s Bay Company
  25. Humanity United
  26. Indigenous
  27. Industrie Clothing Pty Ltd
  28. Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
  29. Jade Marketing Group
  30. JSA Financial Group
  31. Kámen Road
  32. Kids Organic Clothing Company
  33. Laura Chenoweth Organic Fabrics
  34. Layday International Pty Ltd
  35. Maven Women
  36. Media Voices for Children
  37. Mercy Investment Services, Inc.
  38. Milk Beach Pty Ltd
  39. National Consumers League
  40. Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment
  41. Portfolio Advisory Board of the Adrian Dominican Sisters
  42. RITUEL Lingerie & Loungewear
  43. Singerela
  44. Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters
  45. Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
  46. Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
  47. Sonen Capital
  48. Stardust Materials, LLC
  49. Stop the Traffik
  50. Sustainable & Organic Farm Systems
  51. Tesco
  52. The Freedom Fund
  53. Tshared
  54. The PAS Group
  55. Ulula
  56. Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania
  57. Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk, U.S. Province
  58. Verité
  59. Walden Asset Management
  60. Walk Free
  61. WeDoReDo
  62. Women’s Voices for the Earth
  63. Woolworths Holdings
  64. Zevin Asset Management








Photos by: Simon Bruxton / Anti-Slavery International