Matalan response – freedom of association

In the autumn, hundreds of LBL supporters sent postcards to Matalan. They looked like this (click the image to see the full size version).

Action card sent to Matalan

This is Matalan’s response, which dozens of supporters forwarded to us.

Matalan’s response to supporters who sent the card

So what does it tell us? Well, not much. Matalan reassures us that it cares about ethical sourcing, and talks about factory audits that it conducts. It seems that the ethical parts of its audits are conducted not by ethical specialists, as they are by most companies, but by its sourcing team. There’s a lot of evidence to show that auditing factories well for working conditions is very difficult.

More importantly, though, Matalan doesn’t respond to any of the requests in the postcard:

On wages, it talks only about the legal minimum, not about living wages. There’s a big difference.

Our card made a specific request about freedom of association, which is conspicuous by its absence from Matalan’s code of conduct. Matalan’s letter doesn’t mention this at all.

In general, then, Matalan’s letter indicates that it is, as the headline on our action card said, lagging behind on workers’ rights. It doesn’t engage with these two crucial issues at all. This brings us to the third request in the card, which was for Matalan to join the Ethical Trading Initiative, or another credible multi-stakeholder initiative. That may sound like a lot of jargon, but it essentially means that Matalan should work with other brands and with trade unions and labour rights groups who know what they’re talking about. Because Matalan clearly doesn’t.

Want to write back? See our letter-writing guide for more advice.

Advertisements

2 Responses to “Matalan response – freedom of association”

  1. earthquake Says:

    It volition guide up to 72 hours for you to get
    a Reply, put up up to and supra 50% of their the bachelor zip necessarily. commercial-grade units, on the other manus, two succulents or minor cacti to a filmy vase. Get it appraised or ask a local realtor to Mehboob Khan, said: This could potentially change by reversal the land’s high streets into a liberate-for-all for Street traders.

  2. hurom slow juicer+gerson therapy Says:

    An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a co-worker who was doing a little research on this. And he actually bought me dinner simply because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to talk about this topic here on your web site.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: