Fashion’s progress on transparency still “too slow” says 2021 Fashion Transparency Index

19 Jul 2021 , 3:00pm

Fashion Revolution has released its 2021 Fashion Transparency Index reporting that transparency in the fashion supply chain is still “too slow” among 250 of the world’s largest fashion brands.

Now in its sixth year, the Index from the global fashion activism movement analysed and ranked 250 of the world’s largest fashion brands and retailers based on their public disclosure of human rights and environmental policies, practices and impacts in their operations and supply chains.

“Fashion Revolution is encouraged to see progress among several luxury brands in this year’s Fashion Transparency Index,” said the company’s Global Policy Director Sarah Ditty.  “Gucci has scored in the top 10 positions in the ranking, the first time a luxury brand has achieved this since first publishing the Index in 2016. Several luxury brands have also disclosed their supply chain for the first time, including Gucci, Fendi, Prada and Zegna – marking an important step forward in transparency within the luxury sector. Fashion Revolution hopes more luxury brands will follow their lead.”  Ditty also served as author of this report.

Italian brand OVS tops the global benchmark on transparency with a score of 78 percent, an increase of 44 percent from 2020, replacing Swedish fashion giant H&M, which came second with 68 percent, followed by Timberland and The North Face at 66 percent, and C&A and Vans at 65 percent. Other brands scoring above 55 percent include Gildan, Esprit and United Colors of Benetton, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Van Heusen, Gucci, Target Australia, Kmart Australia and Patagonia.  In contrast, 20 major brands scored a 0% rating including companies Belle, Big Bazaar, Billabong, celio, Elie Tahari, Fashion Nova, Heilan Home, Jessica Simpson, KOOVS, Max Mara, Metersbonwe, Mexx, New Yorker, Quiksilver, Pepe Jeans, Roxy, Semir, Tom Ford, Tory Burch and Youngor. 

The report noted that while Fashion Revolution is encouraged by increasing transparency among these leading brands it believes progress is too slow on key issues such as purchasing practices, living wages, overproduction, water use, and carbon emissions in the supply chain. No brand scored above 80% of the 250 possible points.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the global fashion industry has been significantly affected.  According to the report’s findings, the pandemic has caused the industry to ‘back slide’ on many human rights and environmental issues. “Big brands can and should do more to publicly address their social and environmental impacts,” explained Ditty.

To learn more about fashion transparency and the 2021 Fashion Transparency Index, visit www.fashionrevolution.org/transparency.