PAIN: An injured garment worker who survived the Rana Plaza disaster sits by her small tea stall in Savar, northwest of Dhaka
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LUXURY fashion houses Dior, Cha­nel and Dolce & Gabbana are among the least transparent of the major retailers when it comes to providing information about their supply chains, according to an in­dex ranking commitments to tackle slavery and forced labour.

The index, released on Monday (23) by advocacy group Fashion Revolution, coincided with the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza fac­tory collapse in Bangladesh.

The collapse of the eight-storey building on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka on April 24, 2013 sparked demands for better safety in the world’s second-largest ex­porter of readymade garments.

“We want to see the fashion in­dustry respect its producers… to foster dignity, empowerment and justice for the people who make our clothes,” said Orsola de Castro, co-founder of Fashion Revolution.

Sportswear giant Adidas and its subsidiary Reebok topped this year’s Fashion Transparency In­dex, followed by another sporting label Puma and Swedish fashion group H&M.

While many brands indicated a greater willingness to be transpar­ent about their supply chains, the report said more was needed.

None of the 150 retailers scored higher than 60 out of 100, the index said, which assessed factors like company policies, supply chain transparency, and their commit­ment to improve conditions for fac­tory workers.

“Greater transparency means greater scrutiny and accountabili­ty. It means that exploitation has fewer places to hide,” said Peter McAllister, head of the Ethical Trading Initiative, a global group that aims to improve labour condi­tions for workers.

“Unfortunately, many businesses are yet to even start their journey, and for these companies we hope the report will be a much-needed wake up call. They can and must do better,” he said in a statement.

Some of the lowest-ranking firms – including Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Max Mara, all of which scored zero points on the index, and Cha­nel and Longchamp, which scored three points apiece – did not re­spond to requests for comment.

In the wake of the Rana Plaza di­saster, nearly 200 clothing brands and retailers from over 20 coun­tries became signatories to the le­gally-binding Bangladesh Accord.