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High street retailers accused of exploiting workers in Asia

Author: Huma Qureshi & Rebecca Smithers, Guardian [UK], Published on: 7 October 2009

...The report, “Let's Clean Up Fashion: the State of Pay Behind the UK High Street”, published by sweatshop campaigning group Labour Behind the Label, criticised UK retailers for having "no coherent strategy" to ensure hundreds of thousands of workers receive a decent wage…The report surveyed 25 major high street brands and graded them between zero and five for their commitment to a living wage principle... [Includes statements by Arcardia Group, Asda (part of Wal-Mart), John Lewis, Levi Strauss, Sainsbury's, Tesco] [also refers to Burton (part of Arcadia), Dorothy Perkins (part of Arcadia), Evans (part of Arcadia), Gap, Marks & Spencer, Monsoon, Miss Selfridge (part of Arcadia), Next, New Look, Primark, Topman (part of Arcadia), Topshop (part of Arcadia), Wallis (part of Arcadia)]

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Related companies: ASDA (part of Walmart) BHS Bonmarché (part of Sun Capital Partners) Burberry Clarks Debenhams Ethel Austin French Connection Gap House of Fraser John Lewis (part of John Lewis Partnership) Laura Ashley Levi Strauss Marks & Spencer Matalan Monsoon Accessorize New Look Next Peacocks (part of EWM Group) Primark (part of Associated British Foods) River Island (part of Lewis Trust) Sainsbury's Tesco Topshop (part of Arcadia)