Boohoo reveals global suppliers in ethics drive

28 September 2021

Online fashion retailer Boohoo has published a list of its suppliers globally, as part of plans to be more transparent about its supply chain.

The Global Manufacturing Supply Chain list details around 1,100 factories following an extensive period of mapping and auditing that started last year.

Most of the supplier factories on the list are in China, with countries including Turkey, the UK, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan also making up a significant number.

Other countries include Morocco, Italy, Vietnam, Cambodia, Romania and Sri Lanka.

The list details names, addresses, product categories, number of employees, and the proportion of male and female workers.

Publication of the list is part of the company’s pledge to be more transparent, and follows on from the independent review produced by Alison Levitt, who was commissioned by Boohoo following negative reports about working conditions in Leicester factories supplying the company, and a sharp drop in the share price.

Boohoo has also published the fourth report by Sir Brian Leveson, who is providing independent oversight of the company’s Agenda for Change programme.

The retailer introduced the programme after Levitt’s review found Boohoo’s monitoring of its Leicester supply chain was “inadequate for many years”.

Leveson’s report acknowledged progress in relation to both the review and the group’s wider ethical programme, adding it was clear in some cases Boohoo’s work went beyond the review’s recommendations.

However, he added that enforcement of ethical trading was not a challenge Boohoo could face alone, and changes to enforcement of the regulatory regime were essential.

“I do not seek to minimise the responsibility of the group or the impact that Boohoo can have but it is abundantly clear that the issues are far wider than any one retailer,” Leveson said.

Boohoo said it would sign the International Accord for Health and Safety. The legally binding agreement replaces the Bangladesh Accord, which has delivered significant improvements to working conditions for garment workers in the country following the Rana Plaza factory collapse.

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