ASOS Plc (Asos), one of the UK’s most popular online shops, ranks joint 7th out of 65 companies. The company’s score is based on its stronger performance on the themes of Traceability & Risk Assessment and Worker Voice. The company is the highest-scoring online retailer in the benchmark and is the second-highest scoring company on the theme of Worker Voice. Notably, the company discloses strong stakeholder engagement with unions and local civil society organisations in both assessing and addressing forced labour risks. However, with a score of 46/100, the company continues to have substantial scope for improvement on its prevention and management of forced labour risks.
KnowTheChain identified one allegation of forced labour in the company’s supply chains. The company states it has been engaging with civil society organisations and the Coalition to End Forced Uyghur Labour, has signed the Coalition’s Call to Action and disengaged with two first-tier factories. However, it does not disclose detail on the steps it has taken to address the risks of alleged Uyghur forced labor across raw materials and supply chain tiers.
The company has an opportunity to improve its performance and disclosure on the themes of Purchasing Practices, Recruitment, and Remedy.