Many of the world's biggest and most elite fashion houses pay virtually no regard to corporate ethics and have yet to take even the first steps on reporting on the social and environmental impact of their operations.

This article titled “Luxury brands must wake up to ethical and environmental responsibilities” was written by Simon Birch, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 16th September 2011 06.00 UTC

London Fashion Week kicks off on Friday with a frenzy of champagne-fuelled fashion shows.

But of the world’s biggest and most elite fashion houses now gathered in London how many will be sparing a thought for the workers who make the clothes for their multi-billion pound empires? Hardly any, according to Ethical Consumer’s new buyers’ guide to luxury clothing brands, published on Wednesday.

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