Four parliamentarians filed a complaint against the multinational SHEIN, which is a Chinese ultra-fast fashion brand. These deputies consider SHEIN’s activities harmful to the environment and dangerous for the entire population.
Environmentalists are fighting against the excesses of ultra-fast fashion. Inhumane working conditions, environmental and climate degradation, disastrous waste management, total opacity, non-compliance with consumer protection, non-compliant and toxic products… This is the heart of the Shein model, which the Ecologists denounce .
This Friday, December 1, Walloon MP Olivier Bierin filed a complaint with the OECD against the multinational SHEIN, with co-signatures from Senator France Masai, federal deputy Samuel Cogolati and Brussels MP Margaux de Ré. The 4 parliamentarians are tackling an opaque supply and manufacturing chain, disastrous in terms of working conditions and sustainability.
“Given the model of the Chinese brand, its activities have dangerous and worrying environmental consequences for the entire population” declares Ecolo MP Olivier Bierin. “Whether it is the greenhouse gas emissions inherent in the manufacturing process of clothing, transport or even waste management, we consider that the OECD must take up the problem” he continues. While the textile industry is already responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, Shein produces nearly 8,000 new items per day, “this is nonsense which encourages unreasonable over-consumption, and to wear on your skin
poor quality products, dangerous for health”.
Environmentalists also point to human rights problems: “several sources lead us to believe that the working conditions of workers from manufacturing to logistics centers do not respect standards of dignity at work.” Indeed, investigations by Public Eye, Bloomberg, Channel 4 and Friends of the Earth have highlighted evidence in particular of 18-hour working days, or the use of cotton produced in camps work by Uyghurs.
For these different reasons, the Ecolo deputies decided to contact the national contact point of the OECD, “we cannot remain idly faced with this type of multinational dangerous for the planet, workers and consumers” they conclude. Work is also continuing at the European level, with the reforms carried out by our MEP Saskia Bricmont on the rules regarding “due diligence”, and strict and binding trade agreements in terms of social and environmental standards.