ICAR and the Harrison Institute lead the Learning Lab’s research on the incorporation of human rights considerations into government procurement of apparel. Amol Mehra and Bob Stumberg lead the work on this topic at ICAR and the Harrison Institute. Their biographies, as well as reports and resources related to government procurement of apparel, can be found below.

The work of the apparel hub is guided by the apparel advisory group, which is composed of the following members:

Björn Claeson, Electronics Watch / Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium
Judy Gearhart, International Labor Rights Forum
Aruna Kashyap, Human Rights Watch 
Scott NovaWorker Rights Consortium
Jessica ChampagneWorker Rights Consortium

The first meeting of the apparel advisory group took place on 27 May 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Reports and Resources

The apparel hub is currently researching and writing a report that will provide examples of good practice in relation to human rights and government procurement of apparel. This report and other apparel focused resources will be uploaded here once they are available.

ICAR Submits Written Evidence on Human Rights and Public Procurement of Apparel to the U.K.’s Joint Committee on Human Rights

The UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights is currently conducting an inquiry on human rights and business. In response to a call for written evidence, ICAR wrote a submission on the topic of human rights and public procurement of apparel in the U.K. The submission highlights the human rights risks in global apparel supply chains, provides examples of human rights abuses linked to government purchasing, and provides recommendations on how the U.K. government can bring its apparel purchasing practices into better alignment with its duty to protect, and with UNGP 6 in particular. The full submission is available for download below.

ICAR Submission to UK JCHR on Human Rights and Public Procurement of Apparel

Apparel Hub Leader Bios

Director, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable

Amol Mehra, Esq. is the Director of the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, a coalition of leading human rights, development, labor and environmental organizations working to ensure businesses respect human rights in their global operations. Amol is an international human rights lawyer by training, focusing on business and human rights and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Amol has worked to build accountability frameworks in both domestic and international arenas, including over private military and security companies and around supply chains and extractives industries, among others. Amol leads ICAR’s work on public procurement and human rights. In addition to his work as Director of ICAR, Amol is an advisor for several other organizations. For example, he serves on the Advisory Council for the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights and as a Coordinating Member and Thematic Specialist for Amnesty International USA. Amol holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree with a Honors in International Law from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Professor of Law and Director of the Harrison Institute for Public Law, Georgetown University Law Centerharrison_institute

Robert Stumberg is a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he also directs the Harrison Institute for Public Law. The Institute is a teaching and service program that works with public officials and nonprofit organizations. He is a coauthor of Turning a Blind Eye: Respecting Human Rights in Government Purchasing (ICAR 2014). In addition to work on procurement reform, he also contributes to projects that help governments cope with the impact of trade agreements on governing, adapt to climate change, and develop community food systems. His education includes: BA, Macalester College; JD, Georgetown University; LLM Georgetown University.