Boohoo reveals names of 1,100 factories in transparency campaign
Online fashion giant Boohoo has released a list of the 1,100 factories it uses around the world as part of its pledge to be more transparent.
The list was released following questions about its supply chain, after it was revealed that some factory workers in Leicester were earning below minimum wage.
That was one of the recommendations made by an independent review produced by Alison Levitt QC, who was invited when the scandal first erupted.
The 17 recommendations in its report have been broken down into 34 deliverables, of which 28 have been completed and the rest are expected to be approved “in the coming months,” the company said.
These also included improving corporate governance within the company to ensure that more non-executives could hold the company to account.
Bosses also recruited former judge Sir Brian Leveson to oversee the changes, and his fourth report on the company was released on Monday.
He said, “I continue to applaud the enthusiasm everyone at Boohoo has shown for the Agenda for Change (A4C) program and to chart the very real progress that has been made on both the stated recommendations. in the review and also the broadest ethics program in which the group has embarked.
“This marks the transition from A4C to business as usual which is of course not the beginning of the end of the process, but simply the end of the beginning.”
Boohoo also announced plans to sign the International Health and Safety Agreement – a legally binding agreement that replaced the Bangladesh Accord which aimed to improve working conditions for garment workers in the country.
John Lyttle, CEO of Boohoo, said: “The Agenda for Change program was designed to ensure that the changes we have made to our business are sustainable and integrated into our culture as we look to the future.
“The dedication of our teams to bringing about real change has enabled us to achieve the ambitious goals that we have set for ourselves. “