High street stores including H&M, Marks and Spencer, Primark and Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia failing to keep workers who make their clothes out of poverty, damning report claims
- Out of 32 fashion brands, only Gucci did not receive the lowest possible grade, E
- Shamed brands include Adidas, G-Star Raw, New Look, Nike, Puma and Tesco
- Adidas rejected the report’s allegations, claiming workers are well paid
High Street stores including Sir Philip Green’s (above) Arcadia are failing to ensure the workers who make their clothes are paid enough to escape poverty
High Street stores including H&M, Marks & Spencer, Primark and Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia, which includes TopShop and Miss Selfridge, are failing to ensure the workers who make their clothes are paid enough to escape poverty, a damning report claims.
Out of 32 fashion brands surveyed by workers’ rights group Labour Behind The Label, only one – Gucci – did not receive the lowest possible grade, E.
The rating means the companies cannot show any evidence that workers in their supply chain receive a living wage.
The shamed brands include Adidas, Asos, C&A, Decathlon, G-Star Raw, New Look, Next, Nike, Puma, Tesco, Under Armour and Uniqlo.
Last year, The Mail on Sunday revealed Adidas workers in Cambodia producing Manchester United’s £110 shirt were being paid just 64p an hour.
Meanwhile, Amazon, Asda, Boohoo, Fruit Of The Loom, Gap, Hugo Boss, Levi’s, Missguided, Monsoon, Sainsbury’s and Zalando, didn’t even respond to the survey, so researchers had to use publicly available information to produce their rating.
Gucci said 95 per cent of its products were made in Italy, where workers received a living wage.
The report’s author, Anna Bryher, said: ‘Five years on from our previous survey on this topic, no brand was able to show any progress towards a living wage being paid. Poverty in the garment industry isn’t improving, it’s getting worse. This situation is urgent.
The rating means the companies cannot show any evidence that workers in their supply chain receive a living wage with tje shamed brands Nike and Adidas
‘Our message to the brands is that human rights can’t wait and workers making the clothes sold on our high street must be paid enough to live with dignity.’
The brands told The Mail on Sunday they were dedicated to ensuring a fair wage for employees and were members of various collectives dedicated to improving salaries. However, Labour Behind The Label said they were not doing enough.
Adidas rejected the report’s allegations, claiming workers in its supply chain ‘are some of the highest paid in the industry’.
A spokesman for Sainsbury’s claimed it had never received the survey.
M&S did not respond to a Mail on Sunday request for comment, while Primark said every factory making its products must commit to a code of conduct, which includes a commitment to wages ‘enough to meet basic needs and some discretionary income.’
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