Apparel and Textile Industry
Virtually the entire apparel and footwear industry is tainted by forced Uyghur and Turkic Muslim Labour.
The Uyghur Region accounts for more than 20% of the world’s cotton output. China is also the world’s largest exporter of cotton yarn, fabric, and garments, some of which are produced in facilities in the Uyghur Region and elsewhere in China that use the forced labor of Uyghurs. Uyghurs are also forcibly transferred from the Uyghur Region to work in factories, including in textile manufacturing, in wider China. Potentially tainted yarn and fabric is also exported from China, to other garment manufacturing countries all around the world, where it is used by factories to make clothes and other textile-products. This means that at least 1 in 5 cotton garments in the global apparel market are at risk of being tainted with Uyghur forced labour, which creates a significant risk of regulatory and ethical violations by the fashion industry.
Only by taking the actions enumerated in the Call to Action can companies act responsibly and prevent their supply chains being linked to the forced labour of Uyghurs and other Turkic and Muslim-majority peoples.
The following companies have shown leadership and committed to the steps outlined in the Call to Action, and have made their commitments public:
- ASOS plc
- EILEEN FISHER
- Marks and Spencer Group plc
- New Look
- OVS S.p.A
- Seasalt Cornwall
- TFG Limited (Hobbs, Phase Eight, Whistles)
- WE Fashion
June 2022 Update
The enforcement of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) in the United States has, in effect, made our Call to Action binding law for companies’ imports into the U.S. market.
Thus, the Coalition is now focused on calling on companies, in all sectors, to use a single global standard across their entire global supply chain, for all retail markets, that is consistent with the requirements of the UFLPA. We also call on companies to refrain from re-exporting, and attempting to sell in other markets, any goods denied entry to the US under the auspices of the UFLPA. This is to prevent against the risk of bifurcated supply chains, so that companies do not simply use other markets as dumping grounds for goods made with Uyghur forced labour.
We will be particularly focusing on calling for the following companies in the textile and apparel sectors, which are all companies which export a significant volume of cotton-based products to global markets, to apply a single global standard. Later in 2022, we intend to publish an updated list of companies which the Coalition does not believe are yet taking adequate steps to fully remove Uyghur forced labour from their global supply chains.
- Abercrombie & Fitch (Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister Co., Ruehl No. 925)
- Amazon private labels
- American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
- Anta Sports Products Ltd.
- Burberry Group PLC (Burberry)
- Capri Holdings Ltd. (Michael Kors, Versace, Jimmy Choo)
- CHANEL International B.V. (Chanel)
- Fast Retailing (Uniqlo, Theory, Helmut Lang, J Brand, Comptoir des Cotonniers, GU, Princesse Tam-Tam)
- Foot Locker
- GIII Apparel Group Ltd. (licensed apparel for NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL)
- Gap Inc. (Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta)
- Hanesbrands Inc. (Hanes, Champion, Playtex)
- Hermès International S.A. (Hermès)
- HLA Corporation Ltd.
- Inditex (Zara, Massimo Dutti, Berska, Oysho, Pull and Bear, Stradivarius, Uterque, Stradivarius, Lefties)
- Kering (Gucci, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Brioni)
- Kontoor Brands (Lee, Wrangler, Rock & Republic)
- L Brands (Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works, La Senza)
- Levi Strauss & Co. (Levi’s, Dockers)
- Lululemon Athletica
- LVMH (Louis Vuitton, Dior, Fendi, Givenchy, Celine, Sephora)
- Next plc
- Nike, Inc. (Nike, Brand Jordan, Converse)
- PVH (Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Heritage Brands portfolio)
- Ralph Lauren Corporation (Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco)
- Richemont Group (Chloé, dunhill, Peter Millar)
- J Sainsbury plc (Sainsbury’s)
- Tapestry (Coach, Kate Spade, & Stuart Weitzman)
- Tesco plc (Tesco)
- TJX Companies Inc. (TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, HomeSense
- VF Corporation (The North Face, Timberland, Dickies, Vans, Jansport)
- Walmart Inc. (Walmart, Sam’s Club, Flipkart, Bonobos)
- Walt Disney
- Wesfarmers (Kmart Australia, Target Australia)