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22 Jan 2024

Lidl's response to allegations of abuses in Myanmar garment factories - February 2024 Update

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We also take the allegations you described on the various suppliers listed below very seriously...

We are monitoring the political situation in Myanmar very closely and we take the developments that have been taking place since 2021 very seriously. We are in contact with international organizations such as IndustriALL and Human Rights Watch. Unfortunately, the political situation in Myanmar is worsening, which makes it even more challenging to comply with human rights due diligence. On the basis of the discussions with IndustriALL and after careful consideration, we have decided to follow the call of the global trade union federation IndustriALL. In coordination with IndustriALL, we will gradually withdraw from Myanmar by the end of 2024 as part of a responsible exit. Until then, we will continue to implement the increased measures for fulfilling our corporate due diligence.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation in Myanmar even after our decision to phase out by the end of 2024 and reassess should the political situation change.

[The full response is attached]

Part of the following timelines

Myanmar: Garment workers reportedly dismissed if they refuse overtime due to health issued caused by excessive working hours; incl. co. response

Myanmar: Workers report several rights abuses at garment factory incl. denial of leave if workers fall ill; incl. co. responses

Myanmar: Garment workers' health suffering due to mandatory overtime; incl. co. response

Myanmar: Garment workers at alleged Primark supplier report multiple labour rights abuses; incl. co. responses

Myanmar: Garment workers at Synergy Garment factory report several rights abuses incl. physical & verbal abuse; incl. co. responses

Myanmar: Garment workers report multiple labour rights violations incl. excessive production targets, verbal abuse & unpaid overtime; incl. co. responses

Myanmar: Garment workers forced to show medical prescriptions to take any form of leave; incl. co. response

Myanmar: Garment worker who filed complaint over denial of medical leave faces retaliation by factory; incl. co. responses