Boohoo accused of turning a blind eye to sweatshop factories despite repeatedly raising the issue
Boohoo has been accused of “turning a blind eye” to supply chain problems after the issue was repeatedly raised.
Tory Member of Parliament Philip Dunne, the chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons (EAC), disputes that the fashion giant was unaware of any illegal activity in factories that make his clothes.
Last week, Boohoo said it was “shocked and shocked” by accusations that workers who made their clothes were paid just £ 3.50 an hour.
Sweatshop scandal: Tory MP Philip Dunne has alleged that fashion giant Boohoo was unaware of potentially illegal work practices in factories making his clothes
Leicester factories have also been accused of being rough with social distance measures, putting their workers at risk of contracting coronavirus.
Boohoo initiated an independent investigation led by a top corporate crime attorney and announced it would spend £ 10 million on its supply chain.
But Dunne wondered how the revelations could be new to the company, which has 170 suppliers in Leicester.
Writing to founders Carol Kane and Mahmud Kamani, he said, “It is embarrassing that a pandemic and the resulting outrage over the practices in their supply chain were needed so that Boohoo would finally be held accountable.”
He highlighted a series of reports on Leicester’s textile industry, including the EAC’s own report on the fast-fashion industry in 2019, which Boohoo co-founder Kane witnessed.
Asos boss Nick Beighton, meanwhile, said he would personally inspect his activities in Leicester today to avoid getting dragged into the crisis.
“I am deeply concerned about the possible read-across from consumers,” said Beighton.