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Boohoo publishes list of 1,100 suppliers as part of transparency pledge

Tom Shearsmith
27 September 2021

Boohoo Group has today announced the publication of its international factory list, meeting its transparency pledge to publish the information within twelve months of an independent review produced by Alison Levitt QC.

The international factory list, which details around 1,100 factories, follows an extensive period of mapping and auditing which initially began in 2020.

The 17 recommendations from the Independent Review were broken down into 34 deliverable items 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.

Following the independent review, the Manchester-based group also appointed retired judge Sir Brian Leveson to oversee improvements to its supply chain. He said of the latest initiative: “I continue to applaud the enthusiasm that all at Boohoo have demonstrated for the Agenda for Change (A4C) Programme and chart the very real progress that has been made in relation both to the recommendations set out in the review and also the wider ethical programme upon which the group has embarked.

“It marks the movement of A4C into business as usual which is not, of course, the beginning of the end of the process, but merely the end of the beginning.”

John Lyttle, Boohoo Group CEO, added: “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.”

The online retail giant 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.

Last month, the group also said it would open the doors of its supply chain to its customers, inviting them to a "meet the makers" day, where they can look behind the scenes of its UK suppliers first hand.

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