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18 Feb 2016

Report alleges M&S & H&M of paying Asian workers less than living wage, brands respond

H&M and M&S made headline commitments to ensure living wage is possible for workers in their supply chains. Research by workers' rights group Labour Behind the Label conclude that both H&M & M&S have failed in achieving living wage in their supply chains. The report said workers from factories making clothes for Marks & Spencer were all being paid well below the amount required for a decent standard of living in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh & India. The report also highlighted that H&M has made a commitment to ensure a living wage is possible for workers in its supply chain, although it is much further behind M&S on the journey. Labour Behind the Label claimed progress on this to date was limited. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the companies to respond, responses included].