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Asos to publish own-brand factory list in March

Asos will publish a list of all the approved factories it uses for its own brand on its website by the end of March, as part of its commitment to supply chain transparency.

It will also implement an ethical trade programme for third-party brand suppliers and extend a confidential worker hotline to its Asos brand global supply base by the end of the year.

The firm said it is currently developing a worker survey for its Turkish factories to enable people to provide anonymous feedback on their working conditions via their mobile phones. This will be rolled out to other regions once the survey has been refined, the company said.

Almost 90% of Asos’s supplier factories are located in Bulgaria, China, India, Romania, Turkey and the UK.

The Asos brand is produced across 498 factories and employs 100,497 manufacturing workers, according to the etailer’s Modern Slavery statement, which covers the year 2015/16.

Asos plans to complete a mapping of its primary and secondary process subcontractors by the end of this financial year. It will extend this to fabrics and components by 2018/19 and to key commodities such as textile fibres, natural and synthetic materials by 2020.

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