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LONDON – For the second year running, German sportswear giant Adidas has topped a benchmark which assesses the performance of publicly traded companies against human rights indicators. The company beat off 52 of the largest apparel companies in the world in the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark for 2019.

Seven companies score above 50 per cent in this year’s index, with Adidas, Marks & Spencer and Inditex in the top 3, all scoring above 60 per cent. Among new companies, Burberry and Puma received the highest total scores, placing them both in the 40-50 per cent scoring band. Among repeat companies, six companies saw their total score improve by more than 10 percentage points (Fast Retailing, Macy’s, Inditex, Wesfarmers, Aeon and Nike) with Fast Retailing gaining nearly 20 percentage points since 2018.

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