Each year, the Fashion Transparency Index includes more and more brands. In 2020, an additional 50 brands made the list, such as the US-American fast fashion label Fashion Nova (with a score of 2%) or the British Pretty Little Thing (9%).
The Fashion Transparency Index is an annual report by the nonprofit movement Fashion Revolution. The latter commits itself to increasing transparency in the fashion industry. Since 2016, they have been tracking the world’s largest brands and retailers, reviewing their performance along five areas: policy and commitment, governance, traceability, supplier assessment and remediation, and spotlight issues.
The index then examines all brands thoroughly with regard to over 200 different indicators. Examples of these indicators are transparency about animal welfare, chemicals, wages, purchasing practices, working conditions, suppliers, waste and recycling and many more. The brands then receive points from 0 to 250, which are then translated to an overall transparency score in percentage. In 2020, the average score across all included brands was 23%. While this score means an increase of two percentage points in comparison to last year’s index, it still leaves substantial margin for improvement.