Ethical high street chain comes under fire
Monsoon has found itself in a very embarrassing situation after discovering that some of its suppliers in India have children working in their factories and women paid less than the minimum wage, reports the Observer.
The revelations have been thrown up by the company’s own investigations and are all the more shocking due to the Monsoon’s history as a pioneering ethical fashion trader on the British high street.
The report, published by Monsoon, states: ‘subcontractors monitored thus far have exposed a number of serious breaches. The use of child labour is a major concern....Poor wages, health and safety and excessive working hours are also rife’.
In a statement, Monsoon said: 'We accept that a number of home-workers in India are not being paid minimum wages, yet significant improvements have been made.’