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MkOne made aware of what its labels say

May 2007

British high street fashion retailer MkOne has withdrawn clothes made in Myanmar after boycott threats.

The London-based company, which is owned by the Icelandic investment group Baugur and concentrates mainly on the teenage market, said it had been unaware that some of its clothes came from Myanmar (also known as Burma), and that an unnamed supplier had breached the company’s policy of not sourcing from the country.

Chief executive Dominic Galvin said action would be taken to avoid a recurrence. ‘We were definitely not aware of this issue and I have launched a full investigation into the matter,’ he said.

The Burma Campaign UK, which discovered the clothes with ‘made in Myanmar’ labels and had threatened a boycott campaign against MkOne, praised the retailer for acting swiftly. It says more than 130 large high street clothing retailers, including Asda, BHS, Debenhams, H&M, House of Fraser and Next now have policies not to source from Myanmar, where the military regime is accused of presiding over poor labour standards.


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