Thank you for providing us with an opportunity to update you on our actions in Bangladesh following the worker protests in December 2018. We recognize the rights of workers to organize and to protest peacefully and were extremely disappointed that this right was not respected in some cases...
· Our team on the ground has been working in partnership with Impactt Ltd, an independent ethical trade consultancy, to conduct in-depth investigations into a small number of our suppliers’ factories where there are allegations that workers’ contracts had been terminated.
· We have suspended these suppliers’ factories while the investigations are ongoing, meaning no new orders can be placed.
· If our investigations find that workers’ contracts were terminated inappropriately, we will work with factories to ensure the appropriate remediation programmes are put in place, which includes remuneration of any legally owed compensation.
· Once are investigations are concluded in full, we will discuss our findings with the appropriate stakeholders at an industry-wide level, as we believe collaboration with industry partners is necessary to bring about industry-wide change...