Fashion Brands Aren’t Disclosing Supply Chain Information

Some luxury fashion brands including Dior, Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana are making public very little or no information about their supply chains and how workers are treated, according to a report out Monday.

The Fashion Transparency Index looks at whether companies provide information on tracing where garments are made, how they deal with supplier issues and who is responsible for overseeing the chain.

The luxury sector, in general, lags behind other brands and retailers when it comes to providing information about suppliers. But this is starting to change, according to Fashion Revolution, which compiled the report.

Hugo Boss, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent and Burberry all score in the 31 to 40 percent range of points. Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger for example, scored 37.8 percent and are the only luxury brands to disclose their tier one suppliers. Both are owned by U.S. corporation PVH. Chanel scored 3 percent, while Dolce & Gabbana scored 1.2 percent. Dior scored zero.

To compile the list, Fashion Revolution studied 150 brands that have a turnover of more than $500 million and are located in Europe, North America, South America or Asia. It rated companies based on their policy and commitments, governance, traceability, reporting and issues such as fair and equal pay and recycling. Fashion Revolution looked only at those businesses that disclose information about themselves.

Sportswear brands Adidas, Reebok and Puma topped the list, scoring 56 percent or more, meaning they have disclosed detailed supplier lists, including manufacturers, but not information such as the number of workers who are union members. Other high-profile brands that did well include H&M, Esprit, Banana Republic and Gap.

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