Home / Knowledge / News / Retail / 'Many failings' in Boohoo's Leicester supply chain: review

'Many failings' in Boohoo's Leicester supply chain: review

28
Sep '20
Pic: Shutterstock
Pic: Shutterstock
An independent review launched by Boohoo in July has “has identified many failings in the Leicester supply chain and recommended improvements to boohoo's related corporate governance, compliance and monitoring processes”. The review, led by Alison Levitt QC, followed a media report of poor working conditions in the company’s UK supply chain.

In July, an undercover investigation by a British newspaper alleged some of the Leicester factories supplying clothing to Boohoo were paying workers just £3.50 per hour and forcing some to work while sick. Boohoo denied claims of illegal wages.

The company, whose portfolio includes brands Pretty Little Thing and Nasty Gal, said the review found that from “(at the very latest) December 2019, senior Boohoo directors knew for a fact that there were very serious issues about the treatment of factory workers in Leicester” and “whilst it put in place a programme intended to remedy this, it did not move quickly enough.”

It also said “Boohoo ought to have appreciated the serious risks created by ‘lockdown’ in relation to potential exploitation of the workforce of the Leicester factories”.

However, Levitt was satisfied that the company “did not deliberately allow poor conditions and low pay to exist within its supply chain, it did not intentionally profit from them and its business model is not founded on exploiting workers in Leicester”.

The review found “ample evidence that the steps which Boohoo is now taking in relation to remedying problems in its Leicester supply chain had been implemented nearly a year ago” and were not “just a reaction to the negative publicity in July and August 2020”.

The company has set out six steps to enhance its supplier audit and compliance procedures going forward, one of which being the bolstering of its corporate governance through the appointment of new independent directors, and the launch of a supply chain compliance committee.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)


Must ReadView All

Pic: Shutterstock

Apparel/Garments | On 21st Oct 2020

Not much gain for Bangla RMG exporters from PRC decision

Despite China offering duty-free market access to 97 per cent of...

Pic: Shutterstock

Retail | On 21st Oct 2020

UK BEIS Committee seeks firms' replies on forced labour

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee of the...

Pic: Shutterstock

Retail | On 21st Oct 2020

NRF, EuroCommerce to reinforce cooperation on data flow

How to legally transfer customer and employee data across the...

Interviews View All

Top executives, Textile industry

Top executives
Textile industry

Customised t-shirts is not a fad

Prabu Mohanram, Balavigna Weaving Mills Pvt Ltd

Prabu Mohanram
Balavigna Weaving Mills Pvt Ltd

The biggest challenge that the weaving industry faces is high price

Textile Industry, Head honchos

Textile Industry
Head honchos

Social media critical in regeneration of businesses

Xavier Martinez,

Xavier Martinez

CADT Software & Drafting was founded in Spain in 1987 by Josep...

Dr. Vijaya Kumar,

Dr. Vijaya Kumar

Dr MM Kariappa founded the Vogue Institute of Art & Design in 1996....

Kamal Kulshreshth,

Kamal Kulshreshth

Colorjet is among the fastest-growing wide format digital inkjet print...

Matthew Kolmes, Supreme Corporation

Matthew Kolmes
Supreme Corporation

Supreme Corporation manufactures innovative specialty yarns and safety...

Justin Gutierrez, INDA

Justin Gutierrez
INDA

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) has created a new...

Eric Scholler, Groz-Beckert

Eric Scholler
Groz-Beckert

The Indian market has huge potential in technical textiles, and by far,...

Joe Ikareth, Joe Ikareth

Joe Ikareth
Joe Ikareth

<b>Joe Ikareth</b> has a rock-solid fashion and textiles background, which ...

Sandeep and Sarah Shaikh Gonsalves, SS Homme

Sandeep and Sarah Shaikh Gonsalves
SS Homme

SS Homme celebrates the craft of traditional tailoring through the bespoke ...

Sweta Tantia, Tahweave & Garo

Sweta Tantia
Tahweave & Garo

Designer Sweta Tantia owns Garo, a couture indutva or ethnicwear brand,...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


October 2020

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Advanced Search