Boohoo’s co-founder Carol Kane has been accused of misleading Parliament after a damning report revealed the company knew about “very serious” issues with its suppliers.
MP and former chairman of the environmental audit committee Mary Creagh demanded answers from Kane over the weekend, following the release of Boohoo’s independent investigation into working practices throughout its supply chain.
In 2018 Kane told the environmental audit committee, then chaired by Creagh, as part of a separate investigation that Boohoo’s suppliers were “all audited”.
According to This is Money, she also told the committee that Boohoo had its “own team on the ground” and that unannounced visits by auditors happened every month.
However according to Alison Levitt QC’s independent investigation into Boohoo, released last week, 84 per cent of its supplier audits were out of date by September 2019.
It also revealed that Boohoo had just three people monitoring several hundred suppliers, while little evidence was found to suggest monthly audits were taking place.
In response to Levitt’s report, Creagh said it was “absolutely extraordinary that an executive has misled parliament”.
Boohoo said that Kane’s “did not knowingly mislead the committee” adding that her statements accurately reflected Boohoo’s audit procedures in 2018.
Levitt’s probe into Boohoo found that the company was aware of “serious issues” regarding the treatment of factory workers in Leicester last December, but didn’t act quickly enough.