Shein: Chinese fashion giant investigates ‘fake’ anti-Uyghur job openings

Chinese fast fashion company Shein has launched an investigation into ‘fake’ discriminatory job offers posted on recruitment sites under her name. Advertisements saw for factory and warehouse workers said those of some ethnic minorities, including Uyghurs, did not apply. Shein said she it did not fund or endorse the ads and promised to “maintain high work standards”.

The plight of the Uyghurs in China has led to international condemnation. Fast-growing Shein competes with companies like Boohoo in the fledgling clothing market, partnering with celebrities and influencers to build their fan base online.

Between April and December 2020, several advertisements under Shein’s name were posted on Chinese recruitment sites. They offer jobs in factories in Guangzhou or warehouses earning around 16 yuan (£1.81) an hour and say that at the height of the pandemic, workers won’t need to be tested for Covid – or undergo a medical examination to work on the spot. A spokesperson for Shein said the company was “surprised and concerned” about how the ads used language that violated recruiting principles.

“Shein is fully committed to maintaining high labor standards in our supply chain and improving the lives of workers in the global supply chain, supporting national and international efforts to end forced labour,” they said, adding that there are strict requirements for its suppliers and does not tolerate discrimination. Its recruiting firm, Guangzhou Zhongzhi Human Resources Management, also said it will “investigate individuals who have fraudulently used our company name to disclose false information” and hold them “legally liable”.

“We sincerely apologize for the impact this incident has had on Shein and related candidates due to our company’s negligence,” he said in a letter.

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