The rights groups, which have been closely monitoring the human rights situation in Leicester since last year, has hardly found any evidence in favour of Boohoo’s efforts to address labour rights abuses.
The rights groups, such as The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Labour Behind The Label and ShareAction, are concerned over the lack of progress made by the British fashion e-tailer on the aforementioned issue.
The groups came to the conclusion after reviewing a report by Alison Levitt QC in addition to studying 3 subsequent reports by Brian Leveson QC.
The rights groups have said that the ‘Agenda for Change’ is simply providing a veneer of progress without corresponding improvements for workers.
They also added that expansion of Boohoo’s supply chain to Italy, Morocco and Pakistan runs the risk of exporting a business model that may lead to poor labour practices to other countries.
The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Labour Behind The Label and ShareAction have called for immediate engagement with trade unions to ensure organising can take place within factories and warehouses.
Besides, these groups have also urged Boohoo to move their registration from Jersey, move their listing from the AIM to FTSE and sign up to the UK Corporate Governance Code.
Boohoo has, however, refuted the allegations and, reportedly, said “There is an absolute failure from the three rights groups to recognise any of the substantial action undertaken by Sir Brian Leveson, Tim Godwin, KPMG, Boohoo and other relevant local bodies and authorities.
The retailer said that significant progress has been made to date, which also included the consolidation of suppliers to 54.