Company Response to Forced Child Labor in Uzbek Cotton
Companies across the US and Europe have taken a stand against forced child labor in the production of Uzbek cotton. In addition some companies are working hard to develop clear traceability for cotton and other components of clothing. The demand for companies is pretty simple: issue a public statement indicating that your company will not buy cotton from Uzbekistan and that you’ll notify all of your suppliers of this commitment.
At the same time, there are also companies that continue to ignore this important issue. You can take action by encouraging the following companies to make a commitment to stop sourcing cotton riddled with child labor:
Toys R Us
In addition to clothing retailers, there is a need for cotton traders in Dubai and other countries to send a strong message the Uzbek government.
Here is a list of companies that have made commitments to address forced child labor in Uzbekistan's cotton industry:
Abercrombie and Fitch
American Eagle Outfitters
Bed Bath & Beyond
Carter's (more information)
The Children's Place (more information)
Columbia Sportswear (statement)
Eddie Bauer (letter)
Gap Inc. (statement; company perspective)
Gymboree (more information)
Hanesbrands Inc. (ILRF statement)
Levi Strauss & Co.
LL Bean (blog)
Marks and Spencer
Phillips-Van Heusen Corp.
Tesco (statement; news coverage)
Walmart (statement; news coverage)
Walt Disney Co. (Statement)