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Boohoo executives pledge to ‘fix things’ following scandal

Boohoo executives have reiterated their intentions to “fix things” at the company after a series of allegations over workers’ pay and conditions came to light earlier this year.

The fashion retailer’s co-founder, Mahmud Kamani, told the BBC he wanted to “make everything better” following the allegations.

It comes as an undercover reporter at The Sunday Times filmed himself packing clothes with Nasty Gal labels at the Jaswal Fashions factory earlier this year, noting that the site was open during a local lockdown with “no additional hygiene or social distancing measures in place”.

While Boohoo has previously “categorically” denied the claims, a report released by the paper found evidence of workers in Leicester making Boohoo clothes for £3.50 an hour, less than half the £8.72 minimum wage.

According to the BBC, Kamani spoke to MPs on Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee and said that this year had been “very difficult” and that he was “as concerned as everyone else” about what had been uncovered.

BBC added that Andrew Reeney, responsible sourcing and product operations director at Boohoo, had told the committee that the group had pulled ties with 64 suppliers and factories after they found “violations” of its code of conduct.

Kamani told MPs that he wouldn’t meet with shopworkers’ union, Usdaw, but added that it was “free to campaign” outside Boohoo’s sites and that the company’s workers were “free to join them”.

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