Boohoo knew of Leicester factory failings, says report

Review finds allegations about dangerous conditions and low pay were ‘substantially true’

An independent report has found that Boohoo knew of “endemic” problems in its Leicester suppliers including minimum wage and life-threatening fire risks but did “too little too late” to fix them.

The damning review, conducted by Alison Levitt QC on behalf of the fast fashion retailer, found that allegations of poor working practices in the company’s supply chain – initially denied – were “substantially true”. It said that Boohoo’s monitoring of the factories was “inadequate” because of “weak corporate governance” and called the failure to assess the risk to workers during the coronavirus pandemic “inexcusable”.

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