Global fashion brands must do more on transparency, Fashion Revolution warns, as it launches its inaugural Fashion Transparency Index today.
The Index, launched in collaboration with Ethical Consumer magazine, ranks 40 of the biggest fashion brands according to the level of transparency in their supply chain.
The average score for the brands surveyed is 42% out of 100, with Levi Strauss & Co coming top of the class with 77%.
Chanel meanwhile came bottom with just 10%, closely followed by Forever 21, Claire’s Accessories, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Prada, sending a strong signal that luxury brands in particular have much more work to do.
The launch of the Fashion Transparency Index marks the start of Fashion Revolution Week, which was founded in 2014 to commemorate the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, in which 1,134 people were killed.
Three years on and 40% of fashion brands do not appear to have a system in place to monitor compliance with labour standards, and to continually improve standards, with responsibility at the executive board level, the Index shows.
Meanwhile, only 11 companies show evidence of working with trade unions, civil society or NGOs on the ground in supplier countries to improve working conditions, and H&M, Inditex, Levi Strauss & Co, Primark and PVH appear to be involved in the most multi-stakeholder initiatives.
Carry Somers, co-Founder of Fashion Revolution said: “Lack of transparency costs lives. It is impossible for companies to make sure human rights are respected and that environmental practices are sound without knowing where their products are made, who is making them and under what conditions.
“When companies are working in a transparent way, this also implies openness, communication and accountability across the supply chain and with the public.”
Fashion Revolution Week begins today and ends on April 24, the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster.