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4. KNOW, SHOW & FIX APPROACH

How are brands assessing the implementation of its policies? Do they share the results of these assessments?

We awarded extra points if brands disclosed: • The decision-making process for taking on new suppliers; • How frequently assessments are conducted (e.g. every 12 months); • How many assessments are announced in advance verses surprise factory visits; • How many assessments are double-checked for accuracy; • And whether assessments include worker representatives, unions or labour rights NGOs.

Know

Show

Fix

How do brands go about assessing suppliers to make sure they’re meeting their policies? We looked for a description of brands’ supplier assessment processes (typically factory audits).

We looked at whether brands are disclosing the results of their supplier assessments, either as a summary of issues found in factories or at a more granular level (e.g. disclosing findings by individual factory).

Finally, we looked at what brands are publishing about how they fix problems in factories when discovered through the assessment process. How do brands remediate issues, and what do they do with outstanding orders when problems are being addressed or are not fixed at all? Do brands have confidential whistleblowing procedures in place for both its own employees and for workers? Are brands disclosing the results of these efforts to fix problems found in factories (typically, these are called Corrective Action Plans)?

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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...