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The ultra-fast fashion brand has given its suppliers based in the British city until March 5 to “bring all finished goods manufacturing in-house,” according to a report by the BBC, leaving some facilities concerned about the cost of meeting these demands within a month and the loss of work for subcontractors that typically make up part of the supply chain. This new requirement follows the recommendations of a September 2020 report on Boohoo’s supply chain practices, launched after the company was accused of using suppliers that underpaid workers in unsafe conditions during the first coronavirus lockdown in England.
When reached for comment, Boohoo said that the move “shortens our supply chain and is just one of the ways that we are helping [suppliers] to build stronger more sustainable businesses that can thrive and create more UK manufacturing jobs.” The company did not disclose how it is supporting its suppliers to make this change.