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Gap and VF Corp. and Wrangler, have become the latest global apparel firms to publish a list of the factories that makes their shoes and clothing. The move, which follows the lead of retailers such as C&A and Marks & Spencer, present a remarkable turnaround, particularly for Gap, which previously withheld information about its supply-chain partners for “competition reasons.” Human Rights Watch lauded both decisions as a win for transparency in what has traditionally been a secretive industry rife with hidden labor-rights and environmental abuses, most notably in the developing world. “Together they are sending an important message that transparency should be the norm in the garment industry,” Aruna Kashyap, senior women’s rights counsel at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.