Jane Imrie

Boohoo publishes international factory list following Leveson recommendation

Fashion retailer Boohoo has published a list of its international factories in an effort to increase supply chain transparency.

The group, which came under fire last year after workers in Leicester were found to be being paid under the legal minimum wage and working in inadequate conditions, has shared the list as part of its Agenda for Change programme.

The international factory list details around 1,100 factories following a period of mapping and auditing which initially began in 2020. With 17 recommendations from the Independent Review broken down into 34 deliverables.

To date the programme has completed 28 of these items, which are governed by a KPMG review cycle.

John Lyttle, Group CEO, commented: “The Agenda for Change programme was designed to ensure that the changes we made to our business are sustainable and embedded into our culture as we look to the future.

“The dedication of our teams to delivering real change has meant we have been able to achieve the challenging targets we set ourselves.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in this, both inside boohoo group and all of the external partners we have worked with, for their commitment.”

Sir Brian Leveson PC, who is providing independent oversight of the Agenda for Change programme, has submitted his fourth report to Boohoo’s board, which has today been published on the group’s website.

Sir Brian added: “I continue to applaud the enthusiasm that all at boohoo have demonstrated for the Agenda for Change Programme and chart the very real progress that has been made in relation both to the recommendations set out in the Review and also the wider ethical programme upon which the Group has embarked.

“It marks the movement of A4C into business as usual which is not, of course, the beginning of the end of the process, but merely the end of the beginning.”

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