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UK Politicians Call on Boohoo to Ramp Up ESG Efforts, Transparency

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The ultra-fast fashion giant faces fresh calls from the UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee to tie executive bonuses to ESG performance, provide transparency on how its buying strategy guarantees wage compliance and name the 64 factories Boohoo cut ties with when it releases its full supplier list later this month.

In a March 4 letter to Boohoo executive chairman Mahmud Kamani, the EAC’s chairman, Philip Dunne MP, welcomed some of the changes the company has made in recent months, while pushing for greater oversight and progress on the commitments laid out in Boohoo’s turnaround plan. This follows on from Kamani’s appearance before the Committee in December, which “did little to dispel the impression that the company has been focused on rapid growth regardless of the social or environmental costs,” the letter said.

Boohoo confirmed it had received the correspondence and said it will “take time to digest the contents and respond to Mr Dunne… in due course.”

This letter comes among mounting regulatory scrutiny on both sides of the Atlantic in the wake of a public scandal last summer surrounding labour abuses in its Leicester-based supply chain. Earlier this week, news emerged that Boohoo is under investigation by US Customs and Border Protection for alleged ties to forced labour (which the company said it has not been informed of). If these allegations are confirmed, Boohoo imports may being detained at American ports.

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