Clothing and footwear companies are failing to tackle the exploitation of workers in their supply chains, according to a new report by KnowTheChain, a benchmark that measures companies’ efforts to address forced labor. KnowTheChain’s analysis gives the apparel and footwear sector an average overall score of just 37 out of 100. The benchmark finds that 28 of 43 companies score below 50⁄100 in addressing the risk of forced labor in supply chains, and 10 companies score below 10⁄100.
This benchmark is KnowTheChain’s second for the apparel and footwear industry. While some companies have improved their scores since the first benchmark in 2016, the industry overall needs to do much more in order to protect vulnerable workers at all levels of supply chains.