The Rolling Stones demand their Shein clothing line be terminated following supply-chain scandal

The Rolling Stones have demanded their merchandising group terminate a contract with fast-fashion model Shein, after i alerted the band to allegations of labour abuse within the Chinese language firm’s provide chain.

The world’s greatest garments retailer had boasted on Friday that it was “proud to announce” the deal for a “licenced assortment honouring the legendary rock band”.

The vary features a T-shirt that includes a dinosaur print to have fun the group’s sixtieth anniversary, priced at £4.49, in addition to a £1.50 cell phone case and a £5 cap, all bearing the well-known Rolling Stones tongue-and-lips brand.

The objects went on sale final week – lower than two months after an undercover investigation revealed that garment producers in two Chinese language factories making garments for Shein have been typically working as much as 18 hours a day, being paid as little as 3p per merchandise, with no weekends and solely someday off per thirty days.

The findings from Channel 4’s documentary Untold: Contained in the Shein Machine – first reported by i in mid-October – prompted widespread outrage and concern.

The new ‘Shein x Rolling Stones’ collection on the retailer’s website (Photo: Shein / i screenshot)
The brand new ‘Shein x Rolling Stones’ assortment on the retailer’s web site (Picture: Shein / i screenshot)

It’s understood that the “Shein x Rolling Stones” deal was signed by Bravado Worldwide Group Merchandising Providers, Inc. Bravado is owned by Common Music Group, which purchased worldwide rights to the Stones model, in addition to their again catalogue of recorded music and video, in 2018.

Inside hours of being challenged on Monday concerning the ethics of the brand new vary in mild of issues over labour circumstances, the band referred to as for the deal to finish.

A spokesperson for The Rolling Stones mentioned: “We wish to thank ifor bringing this to our consideration. It is a licencing cope with Bravado Inc and as such they’ve the rights to take advantage of the model on merchandise.

“We don’t wish to be related to Shein, having been made conscious of the current revelations concerning the remedy of employees in its provide chain, and have requested the road be terminated.”

Shein has launched a brand new vary of 59 merchandise with Rolling Stones branding (Picture: Shein)

The information will improve strain on different artists, influencers and companies to chop ties with Shein.

Within the days after the Channel 4 investigation aired, Georgia Portogallo, who runs an influencer company, mentioned she would not work with the model having learnt of the “horrendous” allegations.

The previous Made In Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo can also be reported to have ended her promotional work with the agency.

However different corporations such because the funds firm Klarna – which has been a partner with Shein for clothes collections and pop-up shops, together with this 12 months in London’s Covent Backyard and in Berlin, and is promoted on the retailer’s web site – have refused to touch upon allegations towards the agency.

A Shein hoodie that includes the well-known Rolling Stones tongue-and-lips brand (Picture: Shein)

Dominique Muller, coverage lead on the moral trend marketing campaign group Labour Behind the Label, mentioned: “It’s nice to see decisive motion from The Rolling Stones in calling for the tip of their merchandise cope with Shein, after turning into conscious of such worrying circumstances in factories making garments for the model.

“This deal highlights the potential pitfalls for celebrities and influencers who signal as much as ‘collaborations’ with corporations working within the fast-fashion {industry}, which is routinely uncovered for exploiting its employees.

“We urge all companies to hold out thorough due diligence with clothes corporations earlier than signing any contracts, to make sure that labour abuse just isn’t carried out of their identify and to line their pockets. We name on those that have present contracts with Shein to place ideas first, to verify there may be actual enchancment for the 1000’s of employees toiling in poverty for large firms.”

Shein mentioned its first Rolling Stones line had been an ‘overwhelming success’ (Picture: Shein)

It understood the Stones deal was made within the early a part of this 12 months, months earlier than the Channel 4 investigation aired. However Shein had already been publicly uncovered final 12 months after employees in factories making its garments advised Swiss researchers that they have been working 75-hour weeks.

Common’s code of conduct states: “As a accountable, international {industry} chief, we take steps to guard human rights in all the things we do, together with selecting enterprise companions who share our dedication to respecting human rights and doing enterprise with integrity.”

It pledges: “We deal with all individuals with dignity and respect by: By no means tolerating human rights abuses equivalent to baby labor, slavery, human trafficking and unsafe or unfair work practices at our operations; Conducting enterprise with companions, suppliers and clients who share our dedication to defending human rights; Talking up once we see or suspect human rights violations.”

Common has been approached for remark.

A Rolling Stones cap offered by Shei for £5 (Picture: Shein)

Shein mentioned the brand new vary of 59 merchandise was being launched after the “overwhelming success” of an earlier line of Stones merchandise and would “channel the band’s real spirit of rock and roll”.

Shein has been approached for touch upon The Rolling Stones calling for his or her merchandise deal to be deserted.

It beforehand mentioned it’s “completely dedicated” to its provider code of conduct, which “complies with the core conventions of the Worldwide Labour Organisation”. In an announcement concerning the Channel 4 investigation, it mentioned final month: “Shein engages industry-leading third-party companies to conduct common audits of suppliers’ amenities to make sure compliance.

“Suppliers are given a selected timeframe through which to remediate the violations, failing which, Shein takes speedy motion towards the provider, together with terminating the partnership.”

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