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Fashion Transparency Index 2020 ranks fashion brands & retailers on social & environmental issues; Finds majority of brands lack transparency

"The Fashion Transparency Index 2020", April 2020

This is the fifth annual edition of the Fashion Transparency Index... [W]e reviewed 250 of the world’s largest fashion brands and retailers and ranked them according to how much they disclose about their social and environmental policies, practices and impacts.

The average score for all 250 brands and retailers is 23% out of 250 possible points... H&M is the highest scoring brand this year at 73%, followed by C&A at 70%, Adidas and Reebok at 69%, Esprit at 64% and Marks & Spencer tied with Patagonia at 60%. Gucci is the highest scoring luxury brand at 48%, up from 40% in 2019.

The majority of brands and retailers lack transparency on social and environmental issues... However, we are seeing many brands take steps towards greater transparency... 101 out of 250 brands (40%) are publishing their first tier manufacturers, up from 35% in 2019...

As we have seen in previous editions... brands publish more about their policies than they do about the outcomes, results and progress they have made to address social and environmental issues in their business and supply chain...