Online fast fashion retailer Boohoo’s shares slumped 14% last week, compounding earlier losses, amid claims of poor working conditions.
Claims that staff at a factory in Leicester that supplies some of its garments had been paid as little as £3.50 per hour have rocked the retailer, and plunged its shares into a nosedive.
Hero To Villain
Boohoo had been the stock market darling of lockdown, piling on share price value as it reaped the rewards of the sudden shift to online shopping due to the coronavirus crisis and months of high street closures.
However, the garment retailer has now seen a third of its value wiped out since the allegations.
The company, which also owns the Pretty Little Thing and Nasty Gal brands, has said it is now investigating claims that one of its suppliers were paying workers well below the minimum wage and not providing the proper PPE protections for COVID-19.
Boohoo has said that it will terminate business with any suppliers that do not meet its code of conduct.
This comes after Jaswal Fashions were named in a report by the Sunday Times that claimed staff had to endure poor working conditions, low pay and inadequate health and safety.
On the back of the initial report now comes broader concerns about poor working conditions in the garment industry in Leicester, where there are hundreds of small factories that making clothing for high-street brands.
Jaswal Fashions denies involvement, however, saying that it no longer operates in the factory mentioned in the report and does not supply Boohoo.