Fashion Revolution, which monitors and ranks 250 clothing brands based on their labour and environmental behaviour, could establish its next Fashion Transparency Index in India or China, just-style has learned.
“We don’t have any firm plans yet, but India and China would be next on the list,” says Carry Sommers, who founded the platform that recently launched a fashion transparency survey in Mexico after rolling it out in Brazil two years ago. “It all depends on whether we can get funding from national brands, retailers or foundations.”
Some observers say Bangladesh could be a good country for a transparency index, but Somers notes that destination won’t likely be picked as there aren’t enough national retailers or brands that could be monitored for such information. In Mexico, for instance, the survey will evaluate 20 primarily national merchants including department stores Liverpool and El Palacio de Hierro, and lesser known labels such as men’s suits brand Mariscal, which could see an image boost from backing the index.
Efrain Martinez, who oversees the Mexican initiative, says it took two years for Fashion Revolution to launch its index in the country. Therefore, it could take at least that long for the next one to debut elsewhere.
C&A and Levi Strauss have been picked as the international brands that will anchor Mexico’s fledgling Fashion Transparency Index, which is set to roll out in December.
Fashion Revolution’s global survey grades brands against key social and environmental indicators including animal welfare, climate, forced labour, wages and due diligence among others. The latest release of the main index last year ranked sportswear brands Adidas and Reebok, and outdoor specialist Patagonia, as the three companies leading the way on transparency.