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Supply Chain Management

Rob Handfield Leading the Charge for Ethical Apparel

NC State Ethical Apparel Index Play Video

After the horrific collapse of Rana Plaza, a garment factory in Bangladesh, in 2013, supply chain experts knew they needed to push for better working conditions for employees in supplier factories worldwide. Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, and NC State alumnus Rejaul Hasan, PhD, took action to develop an innovation designed to promote the ethical production of apparel: the Ethical Apparel Index.

“Our basic thesis is given an option to purchase a garment produced in an ethical, sustainable manner that consumers are willing to pay more to do so,” said Handfield.

Watch the video the learn more.