Clean Clothes Fashion Tracker Shows Transparency Is Key
New data on the Fashion Checker website shows transparency remains key to holding brands accountable, as workers, unions and activists call on brands not to “leave workers destitute” during the pandemic.
It also shows that very few brands surveyed improved their transparency score. CCC says not all of the brands studied have yet to ensure that workers in their supply chain receive their pre-pandemic wages during the pandemic, let alone living wages, despite their promises to uphold labor rights in their supply chains.
Specifically, Fashion Checker’s updated data, collected in collaboration with Fashion Revolution, focuses on transparency and reveals that 159 brands (60%) received a 1 or 2 star rating, which means they do not do not comply with the Transparency Pledge.
46 of 264 brands (17%) receive five stars, which means they disclose additional information about their supply chain, such as whether or not there is a union in the workplace.
Fashion Checker, which was launched in June, will be presented at the UNECE-SDA BOCCONI event on accelerating action on sustainability and circularity in the garment and footwear sector with innovations that ensure due diligence reasonable and informed choice of consumers in Milan, Italy.
This is the first in a series of events that aim to provide industry stakeholders with the tools they need to take action for sustainable development and advance circular economy approaches to nationally, regionally and globally, CCC said.
The regional workshop is co-organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the SDA Bocconi School of Management, in collaboration with the project “Enhancing Traceability and Transparency for Sustainable and Circular Value Chains in Garment and Footwear ”, Implemented jointly with the United Nations International Trade Center (ITC).
“Many brands make promises and demands regarding respect for workers’ rights and the payment of a living wage, but without transparency they remain mere demands and workers, unions and civil society organizations are incapable to hold brands accountable for their promises, ”CCC says. “The lack of transparency once again demonstrates the need for ambitious human rights due diligence legislation. At EU level as well as in several European countries, such legislation is currently under discussion, which is promising.
“Transparency, however, must be part of such legislation. Without transparency, monitoring the implementation of legislation will be extremely difficult. In addition, transparency is an integral part of the accountability required in an HRD process. ”
Paul Roeland, Transparency Coordinator, CCC, adds: “Brands need to stop hiding their supply chains. Their clothes are made by real people, often the hardest hit by the pandemic. When workers’ rights violations occur, they need to know where to seek redress. And consumers deserve to know where and how clothes are made.