Gallery: World’s Leading Apparel Brands, Retailers Boycott Uzbek Cotton Ha...

Uzbekistan, forced labor, slave labor, child labor, human rights, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style

More than 60 of the world’s leading apparel brands and retailers, including Adidas, Burberry, H&M, PPR Group, Walmart, Target, and Macy’s, along with the American Apparel and Footwear Association, have pledged to boycott cotton knowingly harvested using child laborers in Uzbekistan. The Uzbek government forcibly sends upwards of 2 million children—some as young as 7—to work in the fields for 10 hours a day, for two to three months each year, according to the Responsible Sourcing Network, which coordinated the nearly 900 signatories. The embargo will be in effect until the International Labour Organization verifies the elimination of bonded child labor in Uzbekistan.

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