The ultra-fast-fashion company is looking to shift some of its UK-based supply chain to Pakistan after facing criticism for labour abuses in Leicester factories, according to workers’ rights group Labour Behind the Label.
The campaign organisation claimed Boohoo is abandoning long-standing suppliers, calling on the company to take responsibility for allegations of labour violations in its Leicester manufacturing base and compensate workers that have been underpaid in the past.
Boohoo already sources internationally and has said previously it expects to see consolidation in its UK manufacturing base and an increasingly international sourcing mix.
But the company’s supply chain governance remains under heavy scrutiny after a Boohoo-appointed investigation published in September verified allegations of poor working conditions in Leicester. Boohoo has committed to address the issues. Earlier this week it appointed legal heavyweight Brian Leveson to monitor its efforts.
Boohoo said it was determined to act on the findings of the September investigation and remains “committed to working and growing capacity with those suppliers in Leicester, who share our values.”