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Textile Exchange’s Material Change Index (MCI) is the largest peer-to-peer comparison initiative in the textile industry. It tracks the apparel, footwear and home textile sector’s progress toward more sustainable materials sourcing, as well as alignment with global efforts like the Sustainable Development Goals and the transition to a circular economy.

The Material Change Index is a key component of Textile Exchange’s Corporate Fiber & Materials Benchmark (CFMB) program, which enables participating companies to measure, manage and integrate a preferred fiber and materials strategy into their business. More than 170 companies (including subsidiaries) voluntarily participated in this year’s program, including iconic fashion, home and sports brands like C&A, Tchibo, Nike, Patagonia, H&M, Gap, Gucci, Ikea, Target, New Balance, Adidas and Burberry.

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What gets measured, matters

Over 170 companies voluntarily participated in the CFMB this year. Discover the benefits of benchmarking and find out how your company can start its journey to more sustainable materials sourcing.

Key 2019 achievements

Number of participating companies
173

Number of participating companies (including subsidiaries)

Participating companies target
85%

Participating companies with a 100% target for at least one preferred material

Percent of materials used
39%

Materials from preferred sources used by participating companies

CFMB participant profile

A breakdown of 2019 CFMB participation and performance is below. In this chart, Level 1 also includes companies submitting modular surveys.

MCI participants (%)

  • 100
  • 75
  • 50
  • 25
  • 0
  • Level 1Level 1
  • Level 2Level 2
  • Level 3Level 3
  • Level 4Level 4

Performance banding

About the Material Change Index

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About the benchmark

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Our methodology

Get into the details of how we calculate scores and performance bands.

How to participate

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