2017 Fashion Transparency Index

Fashion Revolutions annual "Fashion Transparency Index" launches today, including reviews and rankings of how much information 100 of the biggest global fashion companies publish about their suppliers and social and environmental policies, practices and impacts. 

The research found that even the highest scoring brands on the list still have a long way to go towards being transparent - The average score brands achieved was 49 out of 250, less than 20% of the total possible points, and none of the companies on the list scored above 50%. 

"Brands disclose many policies and commitments but little information about their progress and impacts." 

While we are seeing brands begin to publish more about their social and environmental efforts, which is welcome and necessary, there is still much crucial information about the practices of the fashion industry that remains concealed — particularly when it comes to brands’ tangible impact on the lives of workers in the supply chain and on the environment. 

Information is hard to find if you wanted to find out exactly what brands are doing and how they are performing on social and environmental issues, it is difficult — sometimes entirely impossible — to find this information. 

Without easy-to-find, trustworthy information how are people supposed to make informed decisions about what they buy?

The good news is that 32 of 100 brands in the Fashion Transparency Index 2017 are publishing supplier lists at the first tier — where our clothes are typically cut, sewn and trimmed. 

Only 14 brands are publishing their processing facilities where clothes are dyed, laundered, printed or treated. 

No brand is publishing its raw material suppliers. 

Only 34 brands have made public commitments to paying living wages to workers in the supply chain, and very few brands are reporting on progress towards achieving this aim - This shows that much more needs to be done and faster by brands to ensure that workers, from farm to retail, are paid fairly. 

"We believe the first step towards positive change is greater transparency." - Fashion Revolution

Today is the start of Fashion Revolution week. You may have already seen the #whomademyclothes campaign, which runs throughout April- around the time of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured on 24th April 2013. 

The organisation use this week in-particular to push the question and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain - see their website for more information on how to get involved.

Fashion Revolution believes in a fashion industry that values people, planet, creativity and profit in equal measure and that positive change starts with transparency, traceability and openness. 

Download the Fashion Transparency Index Key Findings here.

Refinery 29 is also launching 'Fashion Conscience' today - "A Week-Long Focus On Sustainable Fashion"


Jess xx


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