Luxury Fashion Brands Criticized Over Supply Chain Slavery Risk

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 24, 2018

In 2017, the Fashion Transparency Index reviewed 100 brands, and in 2018 the number was increased to 150.The original brands which were reviewed in 2017 and again in 2018 show a 5% overall improvement in transparency levels across each section of the methodology, highlighting how the Fashion Transparency Index is influencing brands to become more transparent.

In the past two years of conducting this research, we noted that the luxury brands publicly disclose relatively fewer social and environmental policies and practices than other major brands and retailers, but we are starting to see this trend change.

The most improved brands on the list were The North Face, Timberland and Wrangler, which saw their scores increase by 22 per cent compared to last year's index.

At the bottom in the 0-10 per cent range are those who have either not published supplier lists or publish little information, which is by far the largest category on the index at 48 brands.

Of the 98 brands and retailers on the list that were scored previous year there was a 5 per cent average increase in scores, while 22 brands (or 15 per cent) have increased their traceability score by more than 10 per cent.

Altogether, the brands had an average of 21 per cent - an increase of only one per cent since 2017.

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The not-for-profit body Fashion Revolution presents a bold challenge to shoppers as part of Fashion Revolution Week (23-29 April), which marks the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh.

Only 55% of brands and retailers published measurable, time-bound goals on improving environmental impacts, whilst only 37% published goals on improving human rights. Fashion Revolution believes that more brands need to report on progress against these goals. According to the Index, 12 brands and retailers (8%) scored 0% in 2018, compared to three (3%) in the 2017 report.

Fashion Revolution Global Operations Director and Founder Carry Somers said: "Over the last five years, millions of consumers have demanded a fairer, safer, cleaner industry".

The industry itself is not the only thing that needs to change, how we think about and consume clothing also needs to change - that's where Fashion Revolution steps in.

'Too many people working in the fashion industry, mostly women, are still underpaid, unsafe and mistreated.

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