The annual index ranks 250 of the world’s top fashion brands and retailers based on their public disclosure of human rights and environmental policies, practices and impacts on their operations and supply chains.
Italian fashion retailer OVS has been ranked the most transparent fashion brand in the annual Fashion Transparency Index for the second consecutive year. He scored 78% of a possible 250 points – the same score as last year.
It is on par with clothing, entertainment and home goods retailers Kmart Australia and Target Australia, both of which have increased their scores by 22 percentage points since the publication of the previous edition of the index in 2021.
H&M Group fell from 68% to 66%, while The North Face and Timberland fell from 69% to 66% in this year’s edition.
Italian fashion group Calzedonia, which includes lingerie, swimwear and hosiery brands Calzedonia, Intimissimi and Tezenis, proved to be the “biggest driver”, increasing its score by 43 percentage points to 54%. in one year, after marking 11% in 2021.
Released today (July 13), the index found that almost a third of the world’s biggest brands and retailers remained in the lowest 0-10% range, showing the lack of transparency in the global fashion industry. Brands that scored 0% included Jil Sander, Fashion Nova, New Yorker, Max Mara, Semir, Tom Ford, Helian Home, Belle, Big Bazaar, Elie Tahari, Justfab, K-Way, KOOVs, Metersbonwe, Mexx, Splash and Youngor.
Fashion Revolution Policy and Research Manager Liv Simpliciano said: “It is frustrating to see the continued lack of transparency from brands on critical issues such as their waste volumes, carbon and water footprints and the fact that workers receive a decent wage.
She added: “When there is a lack of transparency on the issue itself, we cannot reasonably understand whether what is being done is strong enough to generate the impact we so urgently need. Transparency empowers civil society and worker representatives and until brands publicly disclose all the information necessary to hold them accountable for their impacts, the lack of transparency looks like a deliberate strategy to reinforce the status quo.
Meanwhile, less than a quarter (24%) of top fashion brands surveyed by Fashion Revolution revealed how they minimize the impacts of microfibers, including microplastics, on the environment. This despite the fact that polyester and acrylic textiles are the largest source of microplastics in the ocean, accounting for more than a third (34.8%) of the global total, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. nature (IUCN).
The index also found that the majority (85%) of clothing and accessories brands do not disclose their annual production volumes, despite mounting evidence of global clothing waste, estimated at ‘thousands of tonnes’. .
Additionally, although more brands than ever in the history of the index are disclosing their top-tier suppliers (48%), only 4% of top fashion brands have agreed to publish the number of workers in their chain. supplies paid at a living wage.
Fashion Revolution policy and research co-ordinator Ciara Barry told Drapers that the two most pressing issues the UK fashion industry needs to tackle are living wages and overproduction.
“It’s the two [issues] which I would like to see the UK focus on,” she said.
The release of the index comes a month after research by the Garment & Textile Workers Trust found that more than half (56%) of workers in Leicester’s garment factories are paid below minimum wage.