Italy’s Benetton Group suspends fresh orders from Myanmar suppliers

Italy’s Benetton Group has suspended all new orders from its suppliers in Myanmar due to concerns over rising violence in the Southeast Asian nation after the military coup that ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s government in February, the company announced last week. Myanamar accounts for 2 per cent of Benetton’s suppliers, according to the group’s website.

“We express our most profound concern for what is happening in Myanmar,” the high-street clothing group said in a statement.

“The situation presents such problems, both in terms of security and of freedom and rights violations, that we have decided to suspend all new orders,” it said.

Benetton said its move intends to give a ‘strong and tangible signal’ in supporting values like integration and non-violence.

Sweden’s H&M, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, has also said it is shocked by the use of deadly force against protesters in Myanmar and that it had paused placing orders in the country.

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