Recommendations to companies operating in Uzbekistan
To avoid perpetuating the forced labor system of cotton production in Uzbekistan and exposure to liability for involvement in it, the Cotton Campaign recommends that companies operating in Uzbekistan:
- Sign the public Commitment Against Forced Labor in Uzbekistan, refuse demands to contribute personnel, cash or in-kind to the cotton harvest, and report requests for such contributions publicly and to their home-country governments.
- Establish an independent human rights monitoring and public reporting program of the company’s operations and supply chain in Uzbekistan
- Divest from Uzbekistan if involvement in the forced labor system persists as a requirement to operate in the country, after using all available leverage with the Uzbek government to convey that continued investment requires an end of the practice