Shein have responded to a recent investigation by Public Eye, alleging widespread worker exploitation including 75 hour work weeks, fire building safety hazards and lack of compliance with employment law.
Public Eye, which is primarily known for its investigations into Swiss companies, catalogued visual and written reports into 17 factories that supply Shein products in the Guangzhou region of China.
All 17 factory sites were only fulfilling Shein orders at the time of the investigation
“Shein takes all supply chain matters seriously,” a spokesperson told Women’s Wear Daily.
“Upon learning of the report, we have repeatedly asked Public Eye for the list of specific factories and locations so we can launch a targeted investigation and take action if noncompliance is identified.
“We continue to await their response.”
As a result, the fashion-fashion retailer have launched their own investigation, pointing back to the company’s “strict supplier code of conduct which includes stringent health and safety policies and compliance with local laws.”
The news comes as Shein’s global sales are projected to hit $20 billion in 2022, per analyst estimates.