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LONDON – The Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) has snubbed the independent enquiry being carried out into Boohoo’s Leicester supply chains. The ETI was invited to reply to a questionnaire as part of the public call for evidence relating to the Levitt QC Review of Boohoo’s Leicester Supply Chain but has declined the invitation, saying it is unconvinced the enquiry will make the “required contribution to the wider dialogue needed.” It added: “ETI is working with many organisations across the sector to bring about long-lasting changes to the UK garment sector, but that will necessitate brands – like boohoo – changing their business practices.”

While the ETI claims it is working with “responsible business members to eradicate these issues throughout their businesses and supply chains in a meaningful and long-lasting manner,” it fails to mention that many of its own members are engaging in precisely the kind of aggressive, unreasonable purchasing practices which unquestionably are a contributory factor in supply chain abuses.

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