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‘Transparency’ the focus of upcoming Bangladesh Denim Expo

As per Fashion Transparency Index 2017 only 32 per cent of the top 100 global fashion brands are somewhat transparent about their value chains, publishing complete supplier lists for their customers to make informed purchasing decisions. The Fashion Transparency Index ranks clothing brands every year according to how much they disclose about their suppliers, supply chain policies and practices, and social and environmental impact.

In 2016 only 12.5 per cent of the 40 companies surveyed by Fashion Revolution, a not-for-profit ethical initiative catalysed by the Rana Plaza disaster, were publishing supplier lists. This year, Adidas and Reebok came out on top with 121.5 out of 250 points, closely followed by Marks & Spencer and H&M.

By 100 per cent transparency, Fashion Revolution means brands being aware of exactly who make their products -- from who stitched them right through to who dyed the fabric and who farmed the cotton. And crucially, it requires brands to share this information publicly. Three brands, including luxury fashion brand Dior, scored zero as they disclose no information at all. In light of this, the seventh edition of Mostafiz Uddin's pet project, Bangladesh Denim Expo, due to be held on November 8-9 in Dhaka, will be set around the theme ‘transparency’.

The exhibition will highlight the need for transparency within the entire denim development chain, showing the progresses made by Bangladesh denim factories towards achieving greater transparency. A total of 61 exhibitors from 11 countries will showcase denim products at the expo to be held at the International Convention City Bashundhara. Of the exhibitors, 44 would be foreign and 17 local.

There would be at least eight seminars and sessions for the CEOs, merchandisers and managers of globally-renowned fashion brands to speak on the matter of transparency in the apparel supply chain.