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2017 was an exciting year both personally and professionally. We have so much exciting news going on, we just had to send you a big update.
YESS is RSN’s spinner-level due diligence assessment designed to drive forced labor out of cotton production. We are looking for feedback on the YESS Draft Standard – the cornerstone of our YESS initiative. We want YESS to be as effective and appropriate for the industry as possible – therefore, we are looking to members of all levels of cotton apparel and home goods supply chains to give us feedback on how we can strengthen and advance the YESS Cotton Lint Standard.
The data proves that without regulatory threat, corporations won’t act to secure basic rights for those mining the ore that allows us to send messages from our smart phones, to fly in airplanes, or to wear gold jewelry.
We at RSN have developed a solution to the above conundrum in YESS: Yarn Ethically & Sustainably Sourced. YESS will be a due diligence system to verify where cotton originates and check that yarn spinners have systems in place to avoid all cotton harvested with forced labor. To set up this system, we must go directly to the field and find out how cotton is traced through the supply chain. We will define what a robust due diligence system will look like at each tier of the chain, including farmers, traders, ginners, spinners, clothing manufacturers, brands, and retailers.