The Transparency Index shows Chanel and Hermès have a lot of work to do.

This week is Fashion Revolution Week. Fashion Revolution was initiated three years ago on April 24 2013, when 1,134 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

This year the non-profit Fashion Revolution has teamed up with Ethical Consumers to publish a Transparency Index. The index ranks 40 of the biggest global fashion companies according to the level of transparency in their supply chain. In this context, transparency means companies knowing who makes their products; who farms the cotton, who makes the stitches, who dyes the fabric. There is a worrying number of brands that don’t really know where their clothes are being made. For some companies it took weeks to even determine whether they had a relationship with the factories in Dhaka or not.

The index shows the biggest names in fashion that have some work to do. The average score for the surveyed companies were 42 % out of 100 %, with Levi Strauss & Co on top with 77 %. In the bottom Chanel can be found with just 10%, followed by more luxury brands such as Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Prada.

Read more about Fashion Revolution and get yourself involved here. Download the Transparency Index here.

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