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LONDON – The world’s top fashion brands are failing to safeguard workers in their supply chains, a new benchmarking has revealed. KnowTheChain ranked 37 of the world’s biggest apparel and footwear companies on their efforts to tackle forced labor. On average, companies did not score even 50 per cent in their efforts to address some of the worst forms of exploitation in their supply chains. This includes the world’s two largest luxury goods companies, Kering (Alexander McQueen and Gucci) and LVMH (Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton), and retail giants Amazon and Walmart. Of serious concern were the low scores on the most worker-centric indicators. 

KnowTheChain is a partnership between Humanity United, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Sustainalytics, and Verite.

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