The seventh edition of the Fashion Transparency Index, an initiative of the nonprofit Global Fashion Revolution Movement, evaluates the world’s 250 largest fashion brands and retailers based on their publicity. disclose human rights and environmental policies, practices and impacts related to their operations and supply chains.
The index reveals that while 45% of major brands announce goals for sustainable materials, only 37% disclose information about what constitutes sustainable materials. Furthermore, only 24% of major brands revealed how they minimize the impact of microfibers despite textiles being the largest source of microplastics in the ocean.
Most fashion brands do not disclose their annual production volumes despite the increasing amount of clothing waste around the world posing a serious danger to the environment. The biggest fashion brands and retailers must increase transparency in their transactions to mitigate the climate crisis and social inequality and be held accountable, according to a report.
A whopping 94% of major brands and retailers do not disclose how many workers in their supply chains are paying recruitment fees. This gives a vague idea of the dangers of forced labor as workers may be taking on huge loans to secure low-wage jobs. Only 8% of brands have announced the measures they have taken on racial and ethnic equality in their supply chains, according to the Fashion Transparency Index 2022.
“It is frustrating to see brands continue to lack transparency on important issues such as the volume of their waste, carbon and water footprint, and workers being paid a living wage. When the matter itself lacks transparency, we can’t reasonably understand whether what we’re doing is strong enough to drive the impact we so desperately need. Transparency empowers civil society and workers’ representatives, and until brands make all the information they need to be held accountable for their impacts, not being transparent is the same thing. deliberate strategy to strengthen the status quo,” Liv Simpliciano, Research and Policy Director at Fashion Revolution.
Despite these disappointing results, Fashion Revolution is incentivized by increasing supply chain transparency among many major brands, primarily with tier-one manufacturers where final production takes place. , such as cutting, sewing, finishing and packing. “Nine brands have revealed their tier one manufacturers for the first time this year. It is encouraging to see significant progress across market segments including luxury goods, sportswear, footwear and accessories and across different geographies,” said Fashion Revolution for know.
The Fashion Revolution is a global movement advocating for a fashion industry that conserves and restores the environment and values people over growth and profit.
Fiber2 Fashion News Desk (NB)