Shein Suppliers ‘workers are Doing Excessive Overtime Like Above 75-Hours a Week

Chinese Fast-Fashion Brand Owns A 16 million Square Foot Warehouse Located in The Outskirts of The Region of Guanzhou

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The Chinese fashion giant Shein has been reported to make their workers do excessive overtime for some of their suppliers, which has been suggested by a non-governmental organization. Several workers hired by Shein that were distributed among six different locations in Guangzhou have been found to be working more than 75 hours in a single week and have been reported for the public-by-Public Eye, which is a Swiss advocacy group.

David Hachfeld, who works for the Public Eye, stated that there had been an enormous amount of pressure on the working staff members of the clothing line Shein to turn the huge amount of clothes around in a speedy manner. According to Shein, the fashion giant takes its issues in supply chain management very seriously and will soon review the given report.

Overworked staff

The researchers of Public Eye have been able to make visits to 17 different factories that are supplying products from Shein along with its parent firm Zoetop, which are located in near proximity with the headquarters of Shein in the region of Guanzhou. The organization generally runs campaigns regarding big Swiss firms along with their international dealings.

Public Eye has been able to interview about 10 workers that were from six different locations, and all those factories had been receiving orders solely from Shein at that moment in the schedule. The workers had confessed that they were being clocked three separate shifts in a single day and were often provided with only one day off per month.

It has been suggested by Public Eye that the workers hired by Shein, most of which are migrants, are given their pay per single item of clothing, which encourages them to work long durations to earn money for themselves.

Although the 75 hours per week schedule is not a piece of unusual news in the production hubs of China, as they are in complete violation of the labor laws, which has given maximum time duration of working to eight hours per day, along with a 40 hour per week schedule.

A statement has been given by Shein in which they stated that after learning regarding the report made by the Public Eye, the fashion giant has made an immediate request for a separate copy and informed the investigating firm that after a thorough review of the report, the firm would launch an internal investigation.

Shein further added that the clothing company has a strict Code of Conduct for suppliers, which also includes stringent safety and health policies, which follow the local regulations. If there is any identification of non-compliant behavior within the firm, immediate action would be taken against it.

A separate investigation has been launched by the Public Eye into Shein, as the firm had thousands of working staff and suppliers in the previous year in a bid to be able to find out more regarding the structure of the Chinese fashion giant.

The financial figures have not been disclosed by the private company, but it has become public knowledge that the sales of the clothing company have seen a massive rise during the coronavirus pandemic, as consumers were more drawn to the prospect of online shopping. The Data providing firm CB Insights has made an estimate that the revenues of Shein have topped the 63.5 billion yuan in the year 2020, as more than half of the world was fully shut down due to extreme rise in the active coronavirus cases.

Lack of transparency

The so-called ‘fast-fashion firms that are offering clothing items for low prices have recently come under scrutiny regarding the management of the supply chain.

The senior fashion lecturer, Victoria Bellandini, working at the University of Lincoln, stated that it is suspicious to get clothes with such reduced prices, which suggest that the items have not been made in a proper working condition, and unless people get to the bottom and know where their clothing products are being made, the problems cannot be sourced.

She further added that large brands say that they keep a check on their suppliers, but a major part of their line is coming from cheaper factories, which means that there is a very massive lack of clearness behind the standards of the entire fashion industry.

The entire industry of fashion is gradually changing to a certain extent at the level of high end, but it is not happening in the clothing brands offering reduced or cheap items.

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