KNOWLEDGE, INFORMATION, HONESTY.
THESE THREE THINGS HAVE THE
POWER TO TRANSFORM THE INDUSTRY.
AND IT STARTS WITH ONE SIMPLE QUESTION:
WHO MADE MY CLOTHES?
On 2 December 2015, Fashion Revolution launched White Paper on Transparency in the Fashion Supply Chain in Brussels.
The paper sets out the need for more transparency across the fashion industry, from seed to waste. The paper contextualises Fashion Revolution’s efforts, the organisation’s philosophy and how the public, the industry, policymakers and others around the world can work towards a safer, cleaner, more fair and beautiful future for fashion.
The situation now:
Brands don’t even know who makes their clothes.
The Behind the Barcode report found that out of the 219 biggest fashion brands, only half actually knew what factories their products were made in, and only a quarter of brands knew where things like zippers, buttons, thread and even the fabric came from. And it’s not just brands and retailers. There are lots of middle-men involved too – wholesalers, agents, supply chain managers, and distributors. These are important and profitable parts of the industry that the public doesn’t really see.
Why we need transparency.
Lack of transparency costs lives. It’s impossible for companies to make sure human rights are respected and that environmental practices are sound without knowing where their products are made. That’s why transparency is essential. Transparency means companies know who makes their clothes – at least where they are stitched as a first step – and communicate this to their customers, shareholders and staff.