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New fashion supply chain report reveals global fashion brands are still not stacking up ethically


new fashion industry report released to mark two years on from the Rana Plaza factory collapse in April 2013 reveals that fashion brands still arenʼt doing enough to protect workers in their international supply chains.

The research was carried out by international and development organisation Baptist World Aid Australia and resulted in a graded scorecard of 219 major fashion brands, based on their policies, supply chain transparency and traceability, monitoring programs and workers rights. When these four categories are brought together and implemented well, they should enable improvements to working conditions and reduce the risk and incidence of tragedies across the fashion supply chain.

The report also assessed how much companies know about their suppliers as traceability is the first concrete step a company can take to realising theyʼre responsible for workers making products in every stage of production. It found that 48% havenʼt traced where their clothes are being made at cut-make-trim level. Only 25% of companies had

fully traced their inputs, and 9% their cotton. On a scale of A – F (A being the best and F being the worse) two of the worst overall performers in traceability and transparency were well known brands Skechers and Quiksilver. Quiksilver (Quicksilver, Roxy, DC) was awarded a D grade, while Skechers received an overall F grade both for performing very poorly in traceability and transparency. Both companies failed in the ability to supply a public list of suppliers and a list of countries where suppliers could be located. However, where changes have been made, progress has been encouraging. Improved traceability of suppliers through supply chains and increases in worker wages showed significant impact. Additionally, it was noted that changes like publishing lists of direct suppliers and paying wages that meet workersʼ

Organic cotton farmers at work

basic needs are high impact with long lasting results. Fruit of the Loom and Inditex (Zara) in particular were praised for their work in creating more transparent supply chains, gaining an A and A- respectively.

Garment manufacturing is the worldʼs third largest industry, behind automobiles and electronics, worth some $3 trillion. Fashion and textiles is one of the most labour dependent industries on the planet, employing hundreds of

At a glance: l 91% of companies donʼt have full knowledge of where their cotton is coming from.

l 75% donʼt know the source of all their fabrics. l Over 85% of companies are not paying their workers enough to meet basic needs.

l 48% havenʼt traced where their clothes are being made.

millions of people from cotton farm to final product. The report was released to coincide with Fashion Revolution Day, which took place on April 24. The global campaign runs across 71 countries worldwide and encourages fashion lovers to challenge global fashion brands to demonstrate commitment to transparency across the length of the value chain.

About Rana Plaza

The eight-storey complex of clothing factories, apartments and shops collapsed in Rana Plaza, Bangladesh on April 24, 2013. Tragically 1,133 people were killed over 2,500 workers were injured, while some 800 children were orphaned. It is thought to be one of the deadliest structural failures in human history.

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