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8 Jul 2020

Archie Bland & Sarah Butler, The Guardian

Next, Asos, Amazon, Very and Zalando remove Boohoo clothing from sale following allegations of dangerous conditions and labour exploitation in fast fashion retailer’s Leicester suppliers’ factories

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“Next, Asos and Amazon drop Boohoo amid Leicester factory claims”, 07 July 2020

Next, Asos and Amazon have decided to pull all Boohoo clothing from sale as growing anger over workers’ pay and conditions at the company’s suppliers…

Allegations that some factories in Leicester that sell clothes to Boohoo pay as little as £3.50 an hour and failed to protect workers from coronavirus emerged last week. … [V]ery.co.uk and Zalando… [also removed] Boohoo clothes from sale.

Next said the company acted last week in response to a report from the campaign group Labour Behind the Label…

Boohoo … has strongly denied any responsibility for the alleged bad practices of its Leicester suppliers. It told the Guardian … “We are working with our third-party compliance partner to further investigate the claims raised and are working with suppliers to ensure compliance.” …

Shares in the company …  [to] their lowest level in nearly three months. That knocked £440m off its market capitalisation, on top of the £1.1bn wiped off its value on Monday…

The claims have revived long-held concerns over working conditions in Leicester’s garment industry, where … an estimated 75%–80% of clothes produced … are for Boohoo.

The online retailers said that their relationships with the company in future would depend on the results of investigations and how the company responded to any findings.