After facing a probe into modern slavery and losing 50% in its stock shares value, Boohoo Group thanks The Sunday Times for the scandalous report; and says it will discover the unidentified company who’s is in the possession of their outfits at the the Jaswal Fashions factory.
Boohoo released a statement, trying to defend itself, and saying it will open its own independent investigation:
“We are grateful to The Sunday Times for highlighting the conditions at Jaswal Fashions, which, if as observed and reported by the undercover reporter, are totally unacceptable and fall woefully short of any standards acceptable in any workplace,” it read.
“Our early investigations have revealed that Jaswal Fashions is not a declared supplier and is also no longer trading as a garment manufacturer. It therefore appears that a different company is using Jaswal’s former premises and we are currently trying to establish the identity of this company.
“We are taking immediate action to thoroughly investigate how our garments were in their hands, will ensure that our suppliers immediately cease working with this company, and we will urgently review our relationship with any suppliers who have sub-contracted work to the manufacturer in question.”
“Boohoo remains committed to supporting UK manufacturing and is determined to drive up standards where this is required.
“Where help and support for improvement is required, we have and will continue to provide it, to ensure that everyone working to produce clothing in our supply chain is properly remunerated, fairly treated and safe at work.
“We will not hesitate to immediately terminate relationships with any supplier who is found not to be acting within both the letter and spirit of our supplier code of conduct. This includes very clear expectations on transparency about second tier suppliers.”
Boohoo’s Indian-born CEO Mahmud Kamani, whose personal net worth reported to be £1 billion, has already come under fire for allegedly risking the spread of coronavirus in Leicester, as well as modern slavery, and human trafficking.
The Kamanis family are famous as one of Britain’s biggest rags-to-riches success stories, who started from a market stall, living a lavish lifestyle and splurging on the ones they admire.
Britain’s FBI launched an investigation after The Sunday Time’s undercover journalist discovered appalling conditions in which people worked at the factory linked to the company. The sewers and packers of Jaswal Fashions factory received as little as £3.50 per hour comparing to Britain’s minimum wage of £8.72.
In covert footage, the undercover reporter recorded himself packing garments clearly labelled as ‘Nasty Gal’. The factory foreman can be heard in the video, saying: “These mother****ers know how to exploit people like us. They make profits like hell and pay us in peanuts.” The workers can be seen operating without any self-protection, or distancing.
Leicester and its surrounding areas has been recently placed back under lockdown. The garment factories are presumed to be a source of a new local outbreak.
Many are infuriated with the fact that the Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Alfred Soulsby had been warned about manufacturing companies breaching Covid-19 social distancing guidelines as long as three months ago, but did not take any effective measures against it.
In response to the backlash, Leicester’s deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clark said: ‘We are told that Public Health England have found no evidence to suggest that the rise in cases in the city is linked to the textile industry. Significant community testing is now under way in Leicester and workplaces and factory settings will be an important part of this in helping us to track and prevent the further transmission of the virus. Complaints about textile factories operating during the lockdown in April were referred to the Health and Safety Executive for investigation. Last week we were made aware of other allegations. These factories were visited by HSE and the police last week. Verbal advice was given, but no notices were served and none of the factories were required to close.”