YESS Addresses Forced Labor in Cotton Supply Chain

The Responsible Sourcing Network released the YESS: Yarn Ethically & Sustainably Sourced Standard and YESS Workbook. These foundational documents establish an industry-wide approach to identify and address forced labor in cotton sourcing.

The YESS Standard is a specific, practical framework that assess the operations and sourcing procedures of cotton yarn spinning mills. It is a guide for spinners to avoid purchasing cotton that has a high production risk of forced labor. The YESS Standard applies the widely- supported Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector.