Now Amazon has followed suit, saying “selling partners are required to follow all applicable laws, regulations, and Amazon policies”.
In response to the allegations, Boohoo said:
We take extremely seriously all allegations of malpractice, poor working conditions, and underpayment of workers. The Group will not tolerate any incidence of non-compliance with its Code of Conduct or any mistreatment of workers.
But Amazon's decision to stop stocking Boohoo products has been greeted with major eye rolls.
It's no secret that the company has extensively documented history of mistreatment and exploitation allegations.
Reports from staff and undercover journalists have repeatedly highlighted Amazon’s 'terrible' working conditions including 10-hour shifts with few breaks, punishment for not hitting extreme targets, lack of healthcare and extreme surveillance of staff.
One former worker described their time in a UK Amazon warehouse as “modern slavery”.
And this hasn’t been forgotten in light of the company distancing itself from Boohoo.
Boohoo were specifically flagged for lagging behind on sustainability and labour rights by UK Gov’s Environmental A… https://t.co/mtTo0K9HBi
And the answer seems to overwhelmingly be: not very.
But with genuinely sustainable and ethically made clothing sold at a much higher price point, many will find it hard to change shopping habits. Perhaps the answer is to go second hand from here on out? Or a nationwide sewing push?
It doesn't look like this debate will be resolved anytime soon, that's for sure.