GOOD & BAD NEWS: The Fashion Transparency Index 2017 has been released
The Fashion Transparency Index 2017 has been released. So if you are a bit curious on how transparent, their ranking, and how much information 100 of the biggest global fashion companies publish about their suppliers and social and environmental policies, practices and impacts, then read this and the index.
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%.
Read or download the full Fashion Transparency Index 2017 here, read the FAQ about it here, or read the key findings I received in an email today:
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?
More brands publishing supplier lists
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.
A long way to go towards paying living wages
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.
What should you do if you are a citizen, a brand, retailer, NGO or policymaker?
First, check the upcoming events in your country/neighborhood, because the Fashion Revolution Week 2017 is this week, and a lot of actors are joining forces in order to inform and encourage you. Check them here:
The Fashion Transparency Index suggests different ways for you if you the one or the other. See their suggestions below: