KnowTheChain, an initiative led by Humanity United, and maintained through partnerships with the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Sustainalytics, and Verité, released its third and final benchmark report of 2016 today, which ranks 20 of the largest apparel and footwear companies on their efforts to address forced labor in their supply chains.
Of the companies ranked – which included adidas, Gap, H&M, Lululemon, Primark, Zara’s parent company Inditex, PVH, Hanes, Gildan, Nike, L Brands, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, VF Corp., Fast Retailing – which is Uniqlo’s parent company, Under Armour, Kering, and Prada, among others, adidas, Gap, and H&M scored the highest and Kering (which owns Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Bottega Veneta, among other consumers brands like Puma) and Prada.
The average overall score of the 20 companies that were ranked across seven measurement areas was 46 out of 100, “a relatively high number when compared to the other two sectors that KnowTheChain benchmarked earlier this year: information communications technology and food and beverage sectors.”
According to KnowTheChain, “There is still significant room for improvement. For example, almost half of the 20 companies assessed still do not demonstrate awareness of and commitment to addressing human trafficking and forced labor in their supply chains, and the average scores on benchmark themes such as recruitment (22/100) and worker voice (29/100) are low.”
see more in: The Fashion Law