supply chain

Boohoo Investigation Unearths ‘Significant Issues’ in Its Supply Chain

The report found Boohoo doesn't have a complete list of its suppliers.
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Francis Scialabba

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When “fast fashion” and “supply chain” appear in the same story, it’s not because they’re winning employee safety awards. Case in point: The results from an independent audit of fast fashion retailer Boohoo’s supply chain.

The findings: Boohoo paid garment workers less than minimum wage and forced them to work in unsafe conditions. It also failed to keep close tabs on its web of suppliers.

  • The report found a full list of Boohoo’s suppliers doesn’t exist.
  • Of the suppliers Boohoo could name, 93% had flouted the company’s policies for employee wages and subcontracting.

The fix: A six-part plan to improve corporate governance and shift to more “ethical” production practices.It includes reducing the number of factories Boohoo uses and allocating more board seats to independent directors.

But it’ll take more than dedicated board meetings to fix a broken system and regain trust among shoppers and retail partners. After allegations that Boohoo mistreated garment workers surfaced, Amazon, Zalando, and Next dropped it from their marketplaces.

Looking ahead...we’ll know Boohoo’s serious about improving conditions for workers when its prices increase.

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