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22 Jan 2024

NKD Group's response to allegations of abuses in Myanmar garment factories - February 2024 update


Our initial investigations did not provide any positive results of a business connection to Bohua Fashion. Despite the images shown in the news report posted on Myanmar Labour News only reflecting a photo of an NKD care label and a brand label, they helped us to link it to one of our orders and to the business partner, to whom this order was placed. As we must ensure supply chain transparency, we also have information in our files, where this order was supposed to be produced. The production place however, which this order was assigned to, is not Bohua Fashion. The next step of our investigation included an inquiry to our business partner, to ensure that we are not dealing with a case of illegal sub-contracting.

Upon confronting our business partner with the alleged labour and human rights abuses and moreover the information, that production supposedly took place at the factory Bohua Fashion - which is not known to, nor approved by us - we received supporting evidence from our business partner, which indicates, that no part of the production was illegally outsourced to Bohua Fashion and that the production of this order in question, was solely produced in an approved factory which had undergone an internal audit before allowing production for NKD. Taking the information received from our business partner into consideration, as well as the supporting evidence we received, we conclude, that Bohua Fashion is neither known to us nor to our business partner...

In case further evidence could be presented to us, which undoubtedly confirms a connection of our company to this factory of any kind, we are definitively ready to observe responsibility and would commit to follow-up accordingly. As no business connection can be confirmed at this stage however, we hope for your understanding, that currently we are unable to take this investigation further.

[The full response is attached]

Part of the following timelines

Myanmar: Garment worker faces dismissal after refusal to carry heavy materials in factory; incl. co. response

Myanmar: Garment workers report safety risks for women at Bohua Fashion factory; incl. co. responses

Myanmar: Garment workers at Bohua Fashion factory reportedly face a series of violations incl. mandatory & unpaid overtime; incl. co. responses