Transparency in fashion means traceability. Knowing where raw materials come from, what chemicals are used to turn them into clothes and most importantly, who makes your clothes?
Most brands have a fragmented supply chain, they are not aware nor in control of their production facilities, and don't take responsibility of what happens in factories.
Companies are sharing their policies and commitments on human rights and the environment, but there is still a lot of crucial information about the practices of the fashion industry that remains concealed — particularly when it comes to impacts on the lives of workers in the supply chain and on the environment.
Transparency is important because it reveals issues often kept in the dark.
IT'S A PROCESS
It's difficult for companies to be transparent and it will be a gradual change, but improvements are already been noticed, the fashion revolution 2019 report rates 200 brands on transparency.
Lack of transparency costs lives. Disasters like the Rana Plaza collapse will keep happening if safe working conditions are not guaranteed.
For companies to make sure human rights are respected, working conditions are adequate and the environment is safeguarded they have to know where their products are made. That’s why transparency is essential.
Transparency requires that companies know who makes their clothes – from who stitched them right through to who dyed the fabric and who farmed the cotton — and under what conditions and it requires brands to share this information publicly.
WHAT YOU CAN DO AS A CONSUMER
here you'll find three ways to make your voice be heard
you can use social media or you can reach out to a brand by sending them a letter or a postcard to a policymaker near you and demand a change!