A new report by Fashion Revolution says, majority of British high street brands are not transparent about their operations. Around 99 per cent brands hide the actual number of workers getting living wage in their supply chains. Only 17 per cent of the big global brands disclose their carbon footprint, says the report. They also fail to disclose the origin of raw materials.
The report ranks swimwear company Speedo as the most transparent British brand with a score of 53 per cent; followed by Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer with a score of 48 per cent. The report surveyed 250 brands including smaller companies such as the Bristol-based Yes Friends.
However, introduction of a legislation holdings brands accountable for their environmental impact has helped raise transparency over the years, says the report. Around 32 per cent brands have introduced new recycled schemes in their companies. They have also launched new eco-friendly ranges.