Brandix COVID-19 investigation raises supply chain questions for PVH, H&M

Cons. Discr. - Apparel 374 Cons. Discr. - Retailing 311 Coronavirus 430 European Union 660 Sri Lanka 11 U.S. 4633

Apparel manufacturer Brandix has come under investigation by Sri Lanka’s Attorney General who has stated a report will be issued by Nov. 13 into whether there has been “negligence on the part of Brandix resulting in the spread” of COVID-19 at a factory in Gampaha. Worker safety has become a key issue for apparel brands and retailers in the wake of the pandemic. The investigation could lead to tighter regulations in Sri Lanka and lead buyers to reconsider their supply chains. The U.S. accounted for 61.7% of Brandix’s apparel exports from Sri Lanka in 2019. U.S. seaborne imports associated...

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