A supplier to German luxury fashion retailer Hugo Boss from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu has been accused of keeping its workers in captive. The supplier has reportedly been identified as Best Corporation, known as one of the pioneers in the manufacturing of knitted garments based in Tirupur. It is an integrated textile company whose operations range from spinning to garmenting.
It’s not only Best Corporation, other textile manufacturing units in India have too been accused worker’s rights violation. According to the report published in The Guardian, workers are not allowed to use the cell phone at the workplace, they are (especially women workers) are not allowed to leave the premise without being accompanied by security guards of the company. Phone calls to the family are allowed only in the presence of the supervisor.
The women workforce is represented by teenage girls (14-18 years old).
Hugo Boss also even recognised forced labour in its supply chain in its 2016 sustainability report and stated that it has been working to resolve the matter with the local suppliers.
The labourers are not even paid what the minimum wage has been fixed for them. Overtime and no leaves are reportedly the common practices being meted out to these workers.
It is being said that Best Corporation reportedly admitted it asks workers not to move outside the factory because of the rural locality of the unit. Any official statement either from the supplier or from Hugo Boss has not been obtained on the matter. The news is entirely based on the investigation carried out by the Guardians.