Swedish fashion chain H&M worked with clothing factories in Myanmar where children as young as 14 toiled for more than 12 hours a day, according to a new book on “fashion slaves”.
H&M called the conditions “unacceptable”, and said it had taken action with both factories over ID-cards and overtime after being made aware of the issue in 2013.
But it stressed that the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s definition of “child labour” in developing countries only covers children under 14.
“ILO instead stresses the importance of not excluding this age group from work in Myanmar,” H&M said in a statement. The revelations raise new fears about working conditions in Myanmar, whose garment sector has grown rapidly in recent years.