Opinion: Supporting suppliers now will pay dividends tomorrow

Myanmar factory worker

The coronavirus pandemic has not only decimated retailers’ performance, its effects are being felt by the industry’s suppliers too.

That raises the thorny question of how far retailers’ responsibilities stretch, considering how much product such as apparel comes from some of the world’s poorest countries such as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

While many UK retail employees are furloughed and business for some grinds to a complete halt, immediate priorities and colleagues’ needs have of course been the primary focus.

But retailers’ obligations to suppliers are facing increasing scrutiny and the dilemma has brought divergent responses.

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