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14 Sep 2022

Inditex's response to allegations of abuses in Myanmar garment factories - September Update


Regarding the communication received from BHRRC about some factories located in Myanmar, we would like to share that as per the feedback received from Myanmar Lucky Fortune Garment, it is denied the dismissal of any worker in recent weeks and also it is confirmed from factory side that they did not receive any type of “instructions/message” regarding the firing or not recruiting of workers from any particular region.

With respect to the factory Zong Hong (Myanmar) Garment Co. Ltd, an investigation has been performed where it was identified a breach on minimum wage in relation to some workers. In this sense, we have been informed that the proper remediation has been already implemented through the payment of a compensation to the related workers.

For the case of Yi Cai Garment Factory and SYSMM Apparel Manufacturing, as per the information we have, agreements between union and factories were reached respectively on 30th and 29th August after parties entered into a social dialogue process.

Finally, in relation with Kittenish Knitting Co. Ltd, Sinoproud Thein Wa and Myanmar Luxury Group Company, we would like to inform you that after performing an investigation process, we have not encountered any evidence that these factories are part of our supply chain.

[The full response is attached]

Part of the following timelines

Myanmar: Garment factories reportedly ordered to dismiss workers from townships resisting military rule; incl. co. responses

Myanmar: Workers at Kittenish Knitting garment factory allegedly face multiple labour rights violations incl. dismissal of injured workers, unsafe working conditions & harassment; incl. co. response

Myanmar: Garment workers at SYSMM Apparel Manufacturing factory report verbal abuse, mandatory overtime & excessive targets; incl. co. responses

Myanmar: Garment workers report several workers' rights violations at factory, incl. poor health & safety, abuses, denial of permanent contracts & wage cuts; incl. co. response

Myanmar: Supervisor at Yi Cai factory becomes second employee to report physical assault within the factory by an outsider; incl. co. response

Myanmar: Garment workers at Zong Hong Garment factory report non-compliance of COVID-19 regulations, underpaid wages & non-payment of overtime pay; incl. co. responses

Myanmar: Hundreds of garment workers protest for wage increase, reporting increased price of goods; incl. co. response