Highlights

Good Articles to Share

Author: Tan KW   |   Latest post: Mon, 28 Sep 2020, 11:28 PM

 

H&M cuts ties with Chinese supplier over accusations of 'forced labour'

Author:   |    Publish date:


STOCKHOLM, Sept 16 — Swedish clothing giant H&M said yesterday it was ending its relationship with a Chinese yarn producer over accusations of “forced labour” involving ethnic and religious minorities from China's Xinjiang province.

The fashion retailer specified that it didn't work with any garment factories in the region and that it would no longer source cotton from Xinjiang, which is China's largest cotton growing area.

A report by think tank the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (Aspi), published in March, pointed to H&M as one of the beneficiaries of a forced labour transfer programme through their relationship with the dyed yarn producer Huafu's factory in Anhui.

However, H&M said in a statement that it had never had a relationship with the factory in Anhui, nor Huafu's operations in Xinjiang.

H&M did concede that it has an “indirect business relationship with one mill” in Shangyu in Zhejiang province, belonging to Huafu Fashion.

“While there are no indications for forced labour in the Shangyu mill, we have decided to, until we get more clarity around allegations of forced labour, phase out our indirect business relationship with Huafu Fashion Co, regardless of unit and province, within the next 12 months.”

The company also said it had conducted “an inquiry at all the garment manufacturing factories we work with in China aiming to ensure that they are not employing workers... through what is reported on as labour transfer programmes or employment schemes where forced labour is an increased risk.”

International pressure is building on China's ruling Communist Party over its actions in the resource-rich Xinjiang region, and on Monday the European Union pressed China to let its independent observers into Xinjiang, binding human rights to future trade and investment deals with Beijing.

Rights groups say over a million Uighurs languish in political reeducation camps, which Beijing describes as vocational training centres where education is given to lift the population out of poverty and to chisel away at Islamic radicalism.

China says criticism of its handling of Xinjiang is politically motivated, and based on lies about what happens in the vast facilities it has built.

On Monday US customs said it would bar a raft of Chinese products including cotton, garments and hair products, from Xinjiang over fears they were made using forced labour.

China yesterday slammed the US move as “bullying” and dismissed accusations of forced labour as “a complete fabrication.”

 - AFP

 

Share this

  Be the first to like this.
 


APPS
I3 Messenger
Individual or Group chat with anyone on I3investor
MQ Trader
Earn MQ Points while trading with MQ Traders Group
MQ Affiliate
Earn side income from MQ Affiliate Program
 
 

430  455  537  679 

ActiveGainersLosers
Top 10 Active Counters
 NameLastChange 
 XOX 0.175+0.005 
 MTRONIC 0.085+0.005 
 VSOLAR 0.040.00 
 ASB 0.15-0.025 
 KANGER 0.205-0.015 
 BINTAI 0.69-0.015 
 PTRANS 0.2850.00 
 JCY 0.755+0.04 
 INIX 0.33+0.03 
 KSTAR 0.20+0.02 

FEATURED POSTS

1. The Equity Market Index Benchmark in Malaysia CMS
2. Trading Scenarios of Derivatives Bursa Derivatives Education Series
3. Derivatives 101 Bursa Derivatives Education Series
4. Why Trade FKLI? Bursa Derivatives Education Series
5. MQ Trader - Introduction to MQ Trader Affiliate Program MQ Trader Announcement!
PARTNERS & BROKERS