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FASHION REVOLUTION | FASHION TRANSPARENCY INDEX 2017

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FOREWORD

CARRY SOMERS FOUNDER AND GLOBAL OPERATIONS DIRECTOR FASHION REVOLUTION

The journeys made by our clothes remain largely unseen. They may have started life in a field and then travelled across a vast network, in many countries, through the hands of hundreds of workers, working for dozens of different companies, before reaching our wardrobes.

The complexity and fragmentation of the fashion supply chain was brought home to me after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, when campaigners had to physically search through the rubble for clothing labels to prove which brands were producing in there. Many brands simply didn’t know what their relationship was with those factories. It was clear to me at that moment that producers had become faceless and that lack of transparency and accountability was costing lives. Tragedies like Rana Plaza are eminently preventable, but will continue to happen until brands, and every other stakeholder in the fashion supply chain, takes responsibility for their actions and impacts. Transparency is the first step towards making this happen.

"Transparency encourages scrutiny, vigilance and accountability. It's like opening one's front door and allowing others to look inside; not yet the full picture, but an important step towards openness and public disclosure. And of course, the more doors are open, the more the picture becomes clearer, the better we can understand and ameliorate supply chain workers' lives and the environment."

ORSOLA DE CASTRO FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR, FASHION REVOLUTION

The 2017 Fashion Transparency Index shows which brands are already taking steps towards becoming more accountable, not just to their shareholders but also to their customers, and ultimately to their workers. Ideally, this Index will act as a benchmark to encourage brands to move towards greater transparency. I hope the scores in this year’s Index will also show people around the world why it is so essential to keep on asking the question #whomademyclothes. Greater transparency will bring direct benefits to workers, their communities and their environment. The 100 fashion brands included in this Index have the potential to improve millions of lives around the world. Transparency is one step in the journey towards making this a reality.

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Fashion Transparency Index 2017  

A review of 100 of the biggest global fashion brands and retailers ranked according to how much they disclose about their social and enviro...

Fashion Transparency Index 2017  

A review of 100 of the biggest global fashion brands and retailers ranked according to how much they disclose about their social and enviro...