Adhering to set standards, practices, industry rules and government regulation is crucial, no matter which industry you work in. However, in the apparel industry, conforming to recognized standards of production is one of the most important steps in order to produce high-quality products while achieving production goals and maximizing profits. Social compliance for garment factories can be difficult to achieve and are sadly not always being implemented in apparel factories around the world, mainly because it costs organizations money to be socially compliant. Additionally, garment factories are located predominantly in developing countries around the globe, such as China, Bangladesh, and India where cheap, forced or child labor often go undetected.
There is no way around social compliance in the apparel industry, and there are many unfavorable consequences of not meeting social compliance standards or working with noncompliant factories. Many brand owners don’t realize that adhering to social compliance regulations has many benefits and leads to higher revenue in the long run.