Fast Retailing scores 6.6 out of 100 points in this ranking has therefore started the journey.
In its Sustainability Vision, Fast Retailing recognises the negative environmental and social impacts linked to conventional cotton sourcing, including poor water management, use of pesticides and controversial working conditions. As a result, it commits to increasingly use cotton from more sustainable sources. These commitments, however, lack concrete actions or time-bound targets. Fast Retailing received full points for its recycling initiatives. It collects post-consumer products under several brand names and is exploring closing the loop options with the aim of increasing the use of recycled fibres.
The company does not publish any information about volumes of more sustainable cotton sourced, either in percentage or absolute terms.
Fast Retailing took a step towards improving traceability in 2016 by releasing the Core Partner Factory List of its UNIQLO brand and states that it is ‘working towards disclosing our supply chain sites with the ultimate aim to provide more transparency across our business and all supplier tiers’. At the moment, this transparency does not extend to other brands, or further into its supply chain. The company does not publish information on its yarn and fabric suppliers. Nor does it provide details on its volume of cotton used or on the origin of the cotton used in its products.