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Fashion Transparency Index Gives Most Fashion Brands a Failing Grade

Not all fashion brands are telling us how the sweatpants get made.
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Francis Scialabba

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Most fashion brands’ supply chains are like matchmakers for a blind date: There’s always something they’re not telling you.

Yesterday, the 2020 Fashion Revolution Transparency Index released transparency scores— measures of whether retailers disclose social and environmental policies, including wages, sourcing, and carbon emissions—for 250 brands earning at least $400 million in annual revenue. When it comes to how the sweatpants get made, the Index found...

  • H&M Group led all brands with a 73% transparency score.
  • Overall, brands scored an average of 23%, up 2% from last year.
  • At least 10 brands scored 0% on the Index, including Tom Ford and Max Mara.

What that really means: H&M and other brands ranked high on the list aren’t necessarily saving the polar bears, but they’re not as secretive about where and how their garments are produced.

Why it matters: As Vogue Business writes, “more public scrutiny on the relationship between brands and suppliers can push brands to act more responsibly.” That’s more imperative than ever during the pandemic, when canceled orders and worker complaints have revealed more about corporate supply chains than what companies disclose publicly.

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