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More brands publishing suppliers list: Fashion Revolution

Apr '19
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More and more fashion brands and retailers are publishing a list of their suppliers, according to Fashion Revolution, a global movement headquartered in the United Kingdom. As of April 2019, the movement has counted 180 brands across 75 companies and parent groups that are disclosing at least some of the facilities making their clothes.

The movement involves designers, academics, writers, business leaders, policymakers, brands, retailers, marketers, producers, workers and fashion lovers.

When the movement published the first edition of its Fashion Transparency Index with ‘Ethical Consumer’ magazine in April 2016, it looked at 40 leading global fashion brands and found that only five brands—Adidas, Converse, H&M, Levi Strauss & Co and H&M—published a list of their manufacturers and only two—Adidas and H&M—published the names and addresses of sub-contractors or fabric/yarn suppliers.

Out of the 150 brands included the Fashion Transparency Index 2018, 55 brands (37 per cent) are publishing a list of their factories at the first tier, where clothes are typically cut, sewn and trimmed. This is up from 32 per cent of the brands in 2017 and 12.5 per cent in 2016, according to a press release from Fashion Revolution.

These supplier lists have become a lot more detailed too, including information like factory street address, types of products they make and the number of workers.

Just 27 brands (18 per cent) are publishing their processing facilities (tier 2), i.e. where clothes undergo dyeing, printing, finishing, laundering, and other processing, up from only 14 per cent of the brands in the previous year.

Only one brand in the Fashion Transparency Index 2018, ASOS, discloses where they source raw materials from. However, no brands disclosed this information last year. (DS)

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