The charity called on the American authorities to consider a ban on Boohoo clothes due to poor conditions in the supply chain of the online fashion retailer in Great Britain.
Liberty Shared, who is campaigning against modern slavery, said she sent a petition to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Feb. 1 regarding a “potential ban on imports of clothing sold by Boohoo to the United States” if the products are found to contain materials made forced labor.
Another similar petition sent on February 7 outlined potential problems in clothing factories across East Leicester, where Boohoo is thought to buy more than 60% of the goods produced.
The Boohoo petition addresses a number of studies of the situation in Leicester factories, including an independent review conducted last year by Alison Levitt QC and a study published last year by the Center for Social Justice and Justice and Care.
A Levitt audit commissioned by Boohoo found that allegations of poor work practices in the company’s supply chain were “basically true”. The company has since appointed Sir Brian Leveson, a retired judge who led the phone hacking investigation, to oversee the audit of its supply chain.
Hong Kong-based Liberty Shared Congress claims that the Leicester supply chain has “high potential for forced labor”, in part because local police and government for prevention, protection and prosecution of forced labor “are currently inadequate and therefore vulnerable high risk of casualties ”.
Boohoo said that he did not receive any correspondence and that he was not aware of any investigation by the CBP, which has the power to impose a ban on imports into the United States if it finds evidence of modern slavery.
In a statement to the stock exchange, Manchester of Boohoo said: “The group is confident in the actions it takes to ensure that all of its products meet CBP criteria to prevent forced labor products from entering the US (or any market). Boohoo continues to fulfill customer orders in the U.S. for all of its brands. The Group will work with any competent authority to ensure that products in its supply chain meet the required standards. “
Simon Bowler, an analyst at Numis, said: “Orders to prevent imports of products under these regulations appear to be rare, and the nature of the investigation in the complex supply chain undergoing overhaul, for which there is no evidence of modern slavery, has yet been found by current executives. authorities of the United Kingdom, which means that the immediate risk arising from these letters feels remote. “
However, he added that the United States is an important market for Boohoo, making up a quarter of revenue, and concerns about the ban were “another element of risk for investors.”
Shares of Boohoo, which recently bought the Debenhams brand to side with its brands PrettyLittleThing, Nasty Gal, Warehouse, Karen Millen and Oasis, fell 4.5% on Tuesday afternoon.