What is the Ethical Fashion Report?


The Ethical Fashion Report looks into the fashion industry and how supply chain practices have changed over the years.


The Ethical Fashion Report was first created at a time of disaster. In response to the Rana Plaza building collapse in April 2013, alliances and accords were formed to address the unsafe practices in the garment industry. It was at this time the Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Report and Ethical Fashion Guide were created in response to the lack of worker protection and ethical practice in supply chains.

The Garment Industry in 2021

A Bangladeshi man stands outside of the garment factory where he works.

2020 was a year like no other and the world continues to experience significant disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cotton worker holding bundled up cotton on his shoulders.
50 million people

Over 50 million people work in the global garment industry.

80 billion

Shopping has not slowed down with 80 billion garments purchased annually across the world.

What are the Ethical Fashion Challenged Facing the Industry?

The 2021 Ethical Fashion Report found three main fashion industry challenges that need to be addressed by fashion companies.

A woman holds onto a bag full of freshly picked cotton.
The Modern Slavery Challenge

The 2021 Ethical Fashion Report found that only 4% of surveyed companies are committed to paying all their workers a living wage.

Aerial shot of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The Climate Challenge

The fashion industry contributes up to 10% of global emissions.

Bangladeshi woman sits in front of her home.
The COVID-19 Challenge

The COVID pandemic has had a disproportionate effect on women workers in the supply chain with issues like wage theft and pandemic drive debt plaguing the industry.



Want To See How Your Favourite Brand Performed This Year?

Check out this year’s brand grades. See how your favourite fashion brands performed in this year’s Ethical Fashion Guide.


A woman in a sari inspects colourful swaths of fabric.