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LEICESTER – An independent inquiry into fast fashion retailer Boohoo’s working practises in Leicester has found significant ‘failings’ in its supply chain following claims in July that garment workers were being paid below the minimum wage and forced to work during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Today’s publication of this new, independent investigation led by Alison Levitt QC, concludes there were “many failings in the Leicester supply chain and it recommended improvements to Boohoo’s related corporate governance, compliance and monitoring processes.”

The report, commissioned by Boohoo, said although there was no criminal negligence on behalf of the UK retailer, it backed up allegations of low pay and poor working conditions that prompted sizeable shareholders to abandon the company.

Boohoo shares were up 17 per cent at 07.00 GMT today, on track to regain much of the market value they had lost since the original July investigation. 

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