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8 Jul 2020

Author:
Grace Whelan, Drapers

Boohoo announces independent review following allegations of labour exploitation and dangerous working conditions in its UK supply chains

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“Boohoo launches independent review of UK supply chains”, 08 July 2020

The etail group has come under fire from labour group Labour Behind the Label and a Sunday Times investigation which have claimed that clothing factories producing for Boohoo Group in Leicester did not adhere to social-distancing measures and told workers they should come into work – even if they were sick – or they would lose their jobs.

The etail group has now launched an immediate independent review of its UK supply chain and made an investment commitment of £10m to eradicate supply chain malpractice.

It said: “As a board, we are shocked and appalled by the recent allegations that have been … We want to ensure that the actions of a few do not continue to undermine the excellent work of many suppliers in the area...”

The UK supply chain review will prioritise:

  • Supplier compliance with minimum wage regulations
  • Compliance with Covid-19 regulations
  • Working hours and record keeping
  • Right to work documentation and contracts of employment

An initial update will be given in September followed by a dedicated sustainability report by June 2021.

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