Asos partners with GoodWeave to ‘curb forced child labour’

Asos has partnered with GoodWeave, the non-profit organisation working to end child, forced and bonded labour in global supply chains, to focus on fashion apparel and accessories suppliers in India.

The new collaboration will initially see three ASOS suppliers in India that export fashion apparel and accessories will be enrolled into GoodWeave’s programme, with more to follow in the future.

GoodWeave’s process is to trace back each stage of a product’s manufacturing journey – including to subcontractors and even home-based workers – which it says is a key risk area for fashion apparel and accessories manufacturing in India and often an “invisible source” of bonded, forced and child labour.

Suppliers in GoodWeave’s programme will also undergo audits and unannounced inspections by dedicated GoodWeave staff trained to identify potential risks.

Adil Rehman, head of ethical trade at Asos, commented: “With this new partnership with GoodWeave, we’re taking our modern slavery and ethical trade work one step further through assurance and deep supply chain mapping, helping us to ensure that workers are protected and their rights respected.”

The fashion retailer said it will begin selling select products covered under the GoodWeave Standard in late 2023.

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