Boohoo publishes factory list in transparency move

Manchester online fashion giant Boohoo announced the publication of its international factory list to meet its transparency pledge to publish it within 12 months of the independent review of the firm produced by Alison Levitt QC.

Boohoo has had to address allegations in recent years of poor working conditions and wages at some of its suppliers.

Boohoo also said it intends to sign a new agreement with its garment workers in Bangladesh that makes retailers liable for legal action unless their factories meet labour safety standards.

“The international factory list details around 1,100 factories following an extensive period of mapping and auditing which initially began in 2020,” said Boohoo.

“The 17 recommendations from the independent review were broken down into 34 deliverables as part of the Agenda for Change.

“To date the programme has completed 28 of these items, which are governed by a KPMG review cycle. The remainder are expected to be completed in the coming months.

“Sir Brian Leveson PC, who is providing independent oversight of the Agenda for Change programme, has submitted his fourth report to the board and, in line with the group’s ongoing commitment to transparency, this has today been published on the group’s website …

“The group has also announced that it intends to sign the International Accord for Health and Safety.

“The legally binding agreement is a replacement for the Bangladesh Accord which has delivered significant improvements to working conditions for garment workers in the country.”

Boohoo CEO John Lyttle said: “The Agenda for Change programme was designed to ensure that the changes we made to our business are sustainable and embedded into our culture as we look to the future.

“The dedication of our teams to delivering real change has meant we have been able to achieve the challenging targets we set ourselves and I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in this, both inside boohoo group and all of the external partners we have worked with, for their commitment.”