Scandal-hit retailer Boohoo to be judged on turnaround

Boohoo, the British online fashion group, said
Thursday it had chosen a retired judge to help it move on from a supply-chain
scandal that raised questions on industry-wide ethical practices.

Brian Leveson will “provide independent oversight… so as to deliver
long-lasting and meaningful change to the group’s supply chain and its
business practices”, Boohoo said in a statement.

Leveson is best known for heading a 2012 inquiry into UK media standards
following the hacking of celebrities’ phones by the now-closed News of the
World tabloid, which was owned by Rupert Murdoch.

Boohoo executive chairman Mahmud Kamani said Leveson’s appointment would
help the company “to lead the fashion e-commerce market globally in a
transparent manner”.

Boohoo has been hit by allegations this year that one of its suppliers in
England paid workers much less than the national minimum wage.

“Boohoo has recognised that it must institute and embed change so that
everyone involved in the group’s supply chain is treated fully in accordance
with the law and the principles of ethical trading,” Leveson said in the
company’s statement.

His findings will be set out in publicly-available reports.

Leveson’s media inquiry led to the creation of a government-approved press


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