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24 Apr 2019

Fashion Transparency Index 2019 ranks 200 brands: Adidas, Reebok and Patagonia top scoring but "shockingly" little information disclosed on purchasing practices

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The Fashion Transparency Index 2019 was released on 24 April 2019. It  ranks 200 of the biggest global fashion and apparel brands and retailers according to how much information they disclose about their suppliers, supply chain policies and practices, and social and environmental impact. Companies were scored across a possible 250 points. Key findings from this year's index include:

  • The average score for all brands and retailers is 21%
  • The highest scoring brands this year are Adidas, Reebok and Patagonia, who each score 64%
  • 70 brands are publishing a list of their first-tier manufacturers; 38 brands are disclosing their processing facilities and 10 brands are disclosing some of the facilities or farms supplying their fibres such as viscose, cotton and wool
  • Only 6 brands disclose a method for isolating and calculating labour costs in their price negotiation with suppliers and only 4 publish percentage of supplier payments made on time