Desk Report: Fashion Revolution has published the Fashion Transparency Index Brazil today, a new report that analyses the extent to which twenty major fashion brands and retailers are disclosing their social and environmental policies, practices and impact. The Fashion Transparency Index Brazil was jointly commissioned by the Brazilian and global Fashion Revolution teams.
The research was carried out by Fashion Revolution Brazil in partnership with the Centre for Sustainability Studies at Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGVces) and was based on information publicly disclosed by brands and retailers via corporate social responsibility websites, sustainability and annual reports. Each brand was also sent a questionnaire of almost 200 questions to engage them in the process.
The team reviewed the selected brands transparency disclosures and benchmarked their performance on five key issues: policy and commitments, governance, traceability, know show and fix, and spotlight issues. The brands included in the Fashion Transparency Index report are: Animale, Brooksfield, C & A, Cia. Marítima, Ellus, Farm, Havaianas, Hering, John John, Le Lis Blanc Deux, Malwee, Marisa, Melissa, Moleca, Olympikus, Osklen, Pernambucanas, Renner, Riachuelo and Zara.
Commenting on the research findings, Eloisa Artuso, Project Manager and Director of Education at Fashion Revolution Brazil explains that there is still a long way to go before the industry can claim to be transparent: “Information about supply chains is often hidden on websites, or hosted on external websites that are difficult to find, in annual reports of more than 300 pages or simply not available. How can we make better decisions about what we buy, when information is either totally absent or presented in such varied and long winded ways?”