Manchester, United Kingdom – Britain’s Boohoo defended its business practices on Thursday after a group of workers’ rights to clothing said the online fashion retailer workers at Leicester factories threatened workers at risk of coronavirus infection.
The allegations came after Britain imposed a strict shutdown of the city of East Midlands this week following a local flare-up of the corona virus, which overshadowed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s attempts to return the country to normalcy.
Labor Behind the Label, which is campaigning for workers’ rights, said it had received reports of “workers forced to go to work while sick with Covid-19, workers seeking to isolate their wages from being refused, and ( and) factories operating illegally during the shutdown. “
Boohoo, which sells private label apparel, shoes, accessories and beauty products for 16- to 40-year-olds, is by far the largest company in the London micro-cap AIM index, with a market capitalization of £ 5 billion ($ 6.3 billion ).
Shares of the high-flying retailer, which have risen 33 percent since the beginning of the year, fell 1 percent on the report. Boohoo became more and more popular during virus shutdown as consumers bought more of their cell phones.
“The Boohoo group does not tolerate non-compliances, especially regarding the treatment of workers in our supply chain,” said Boohoo.
“We will have ended our relationship with suppliers if evidence is found.”
The group said it would investigate the allegations and take appropriate action.
By Thyagaraju Adinarayan; editors: Edmund Blair and Jan Harvey.