Esprit Reacts to Solidarity Request

Esprit, the global brand for clothing and life style products, has reacted to comments regarding its former business with Hey Tekstil which is now in a financial crisis situation.

Hey Tekstil is a manufacturer in Turkey that previously supplied apparel to Esprit, through our agent, Li & Fung.

Information reaching Esprit indicates that approximately 250 former Hey Tekstil workers have filed suit against their employer, Hey Textil, seeking compensation owed. These actions are pending. There have also been a number of undocumented allegations from various parties of malfeasance related to the failure of Hey Tekstil and one of the owners is awaiting prosecution.

Esprit has behaved appropriately and legally throughout its relationship with Li & Fung concerning Hey Tekstil. Esprit is concerned about Hey Tekstil's financial difficulties, and particularly about the situation of the former employees.

As a publicly held corporation, and with due regard to Turkish laws, Esprit is not in a position to interfere but has a strong interest that the matter is settled in a legal, fair and equitable manner for the workers involved.

Esprit is committed to ensuring that its suppliers operate in compliance with local employment laws and carries out regular audits of its suppliers globally.

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