In an interview with The Guardian, Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Laureate pioneer of microfinance, proposes an index that would do just that: a transparent system to hold apparel companies and governments accountable for factory and labor conditions. Yunus’ idea is in response to the tragic building collapse in Bangladesh in April that killed more than 1,100 garment workers. Government, businesses, producers and workers in Bangladesh should get together to create a framework that I’m calling a garment industry transparency index, so that all these aspects can be collapsed to a number, so we can see at what level you are, what level the industry is, the company is, what level a particular country is. Because it’s not only for Bangladesh…it’s for wherever the garments are produced, to use the same index. It’s transparency…so let’s reveal, let’s discuss, there’s nothing to be shy about.