Boohoo has appointed Brian Leveson, a retired senior judge, to provide independent oversight of its Agenda for Change program, launched to deliver “long-lasting and meaningful change” to its supply chain and its business practices.
The e-commerce and fashion fashion company came under fire after allegations that it used suppliers in Leicester, England, that paid as little as £3.50 (€3.9-$4.4) an hour and failed to protect workers from the coronavirus, forcing them to work during a local lockdown.
Leveson will report directly to the board and his reports will be published, to provide transparency and further independence to the process. He has also appointed both legal, and independent enquiry and enforcement specialists to supplement the program to ensure that everyone associated with the supply chain is treated in accordance with the law and the principles of ethical trading, Boohoo said.
The company has also appointed KPMG to assist with the program. The consultancy will work with Boohoo’s team responsible for sourcing and compliance, and existing supply chain auditors Bureau Veritas and Verisio.