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22 Jul 2022

Jiji Press

Japanese apparel co. United Arrows reportedly stops using Xinjiang cotton

Image of a field of cotton

"新疆綿の使用中止 人権配慮―ユナイテッドアローズ" 22 July 2022

[Japanese-to-English translation: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre ]

United Arrows, which operates select shops for clothing and accessories, announced on 22 July that it will stop using Xinjiang cotton, which is produced in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China. The company will stop using the material in some of its brands from this year's autumn/winter products and will stop using it altogether from autumn/winter 2023. This is because "it is not appropriate as a corporate activity to use a material suspected of human rights violations in our products".

The use of Xinjiang cotton is being discontinued by Sanyo Shokai, TSI Holdings, and other major apparel companies after the issue of forced labour in Xinjiang emerged.


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