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1. POLICY & COMMITMENTS IMPLICATIONS Good progress in policy disclosure but more to be done

room for improvement across most brands reviewed.

This year amongst the 200 leading brands the average score on transparency of policy and commitments is 48%, compared to 46% amongst the 150 brands reviewed last year — so we are seeing some progress.

Examples of good practice in transparency

If we look just at the 150 brands reviewed last year and again in 2019, we see their average score on policy and commitments move from 46% in 2018 to 54% in 2019, a significant 8% increase in transparent disclosure since last year.

ASOS has detailed young worker and child labour policies and remediation procedures in place and work closely with Anti-Slavery International and others to tackle forms of modern slavery. They have not been shy in talking publicly about the instances where they have uncovered cases of child labour in Turkey, China and India and poor working conditions in Mauritius, India and the UK, including a detailed explanation of the steps they have taken to solve these cases and the outcomes of those interventions. You can read about these cases in their Modern Slavery Act statement.

Again this year, Gucci and Bottega Veneta are the highest scorers in the Policy & Commitments section at 100%, with Adidas and Reebok at 99%, Marks & Spencer and Puma at 97% and Saint Laurent at 95%, meaning that they are disclosing ample information about their social and environmental policies, procedures and goals for improvements in the future. The key take-away is that major brands are disclosing quite a lot of information about their human rights and environmental policies but are still not sharing enough information about how they prioritise these issues in their business, what goals they have set themselves for improving human rights and environmental impacts going forward and how they put their policies into practice. There is still considerable

This year we wanted to highlight a few examples of best practice disclosure in each section of the methodology.

Patagonia publishes extensive standards and implementation guidance on employing migrant contract workers, which includes practical worksheets, step-by-step approaches and checklists.

For its own employees, Chanel details a progressive parental leave policy in its first ever Report to Society (page 61), which offers 14 weeks of leave at full pay for all new parents — both women and men. Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Saint Laurent (all owned by Kering Group) publish very comprehensive guidelines for raw material suppliers, covering everything from cotton and silk to paper, wood, metals and gemstones. These guidelines also include extensive standards and procedures for manufacturing processes such as leather tanning, spinning, weaving, dyeing, printing, finishing and shoe production. This document gives you a sense of the level of detail they are going into as they work towards responsible and sustainable production across their brands and various product groups. H&M publishes Chemical Restrictions policies for every single product group they sell, whilst Inditex (Bershka, Massimo Dutti, Pull&Bear, Stradivarius and Zara) publishes a detailed global water management strategy and guidelines. Levi Strauss & Co. publishes a comprehensive Sustainability Guidebook, at a whopping 284 pages, that covers detailed policies

and procedures on everything from sanitation and hygiene to water effluents and pollution to gender equality and foreign migrant workers. This guidebook also clearly explains what types of conditions they consider to be zero tolerance issues that need immediate action or require continuous improvement for every single topic covered. This document is also available in multiple languages.

Topshop also publishes a comprehensive 4-part Code of Conduct Guidebook, including an unique Right to Organise Guarantee in multiple languages. C&A publishes their human rights and environmental goals from 2015 to 2020 and explains in a clear and detailed way what are their key challenges, the steps they are taking to address them, the progress they are making and case studies for each major goal they have set. These are just a few highlights and, of course, there are many other examples we have not yet mentioned. We could also highlight plenty of examples of weak policies and lack of procedures and commitments - which we will not go into for the sake of brevity.

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Fashion Transparency Index 2019  

A review of 200 of the biggest global fashion brands and retailers ranked according to how much they disclose about their social and environ...

Fashion Transparency Index 2019  

A review of 200 of the biggest global fashion brands and retailers ranked according to how much they disclose about their social and environ...