New research published on the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza clothing factory collapse in Bangladesh says that none of us have enough information about how and where are clothes are made. As Mia Womersley reports none of the top 100 brands scored over 50 percent for transparency of their supply chains and three scored zero, including Dior.
The 24th of April 2013. 1138 people crushed to death and 2500 injured. As the Rana Plaza textiles factory came crashing to the ground in Bangladesh. The disaster sparked global calls to improve working conditions and the transparency of supply chains. But four years later, it seems little has changed. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIA WOMERSLEY, REUTERS REPORTER, SAYING: "Now new research shows that none of us have enough information about where and how the clothes we buy are made and whether or not our money is supporting exploitation, human rights abuses and environmental destruction. The Fashion Transparency Index looked at 100 of the biggest global fashion brands and the information they give about their supply chains. The average score was 49 out of 250. None of the companies scored above 50%. And three scored zero - including luxury fashion house Dior. They did not reply to requests for a comment. Sarah Ditty is the author of the Index. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SARAH DITTY, AUTHOR, FASHION TRANSPARENCY INDEX, SAYING: "Basic health and safety measures still don't exist for lots of garment workers in fashion industry, 80% of whom are women 18 -35, we know modern day slavery exists in garment supply chain." Marks & Spencer, Adidas, Reebok and H&M got the highest score with 48%. But a member of European parliament, Arne Lietz, says while many brands are making positive changes, more needs to be done. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARNE LEITZ, MEMBER OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, SAYING: "We have to have European standards that businesses can use, so that we as consumers can rely that this have been fairly produced, no child labour, that it is produced in a way that we do not feel ashamed of it" This week global movement Fashion Revolution wants shoppers to use the hashtag #whomademyclothes. It hopes this will encourage companies to be more open. Arguing that if you can't see it, you can't fix it.