With over 20% of the world’s cotton output being sourced from the Uyghur Region, the apparel and textiles industries are at significant risk of being implicated in Uyghur forced labour. However, given the widespread and systemic use of Uyghur forced labor in the Uyghur region and other regions in China, there are significant risks of Uyghur forced in numerous sectors beyond apparel and textiles. Other sectors at high risk include, but are not limited to: polysilicon (used to produce solar panels), tomatoes, electronics, hair products and paper pulp.
Until the Uyghur forced labour system is dismantled, the Coalition calls on businesses in all sectors to take the verifiable measures outlined in our Call to Action for the apparel and textiles sector. These are:
- Stop sourcing any raw materials, inputs or finished products from the Uyghur Region.
- Cut ties with companies implicated in forced labour – those that have operations in the Uyghur region and have accepted government subsidies and/or government-supplied labour at these operations.
- Prohibit any supplier factories located outside of the Uyghur Region from using Uyghurs or Turkic or Muslim workers supplied through the Chinese government’s forced labour transfer scheme.
We encourage businesses in all sectors to publicly take a stand against Uyghur forced labor by signing the Call to Action and engaging with the Coalition on measures to ensure they are not profiting from Uyghur forced labour.
In Broad Daylight: Uyghur Forced Labour and Global Solar Supply Chains, Sheffield Hallam University (2021)
- Report warns of Uighur forced labour in solar panel supply chain, Aljazeera (2021)
- Revealed: UK solar projects using panels from firms linked to Xinjiang forced labour, The Guardian (2021)
- Chinese Solar Companies Tied to Use of Forced Labor, New York Times (2020)
- Global Supply Chains, Forced Labor, and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Congressional-Executive Commission on China (2020)
- How global demand for hair products is linked to forced labor in Xinjiang, CNN (2020)
- Uyghurs for Sale, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (2020)