Background: Investor, company and NGO coalition to address forced child labour

Author: UN Global Compact, Published on: 1 January 2009

An estimated 2 million children between the ages of 11-17 harvest cotton in Uzbekistan under conditions described as forced labour...The Responsible Cotton Network has sought to influence policymakers in Uzbekistan through diplomatic channels in order to combat forced child labour...One of the positive outcomes is that...[a] wide range of companies have also publicly announced that they will not knowingly source cotton from Uzbekistan including American Eagle Outfitters, Bed, Bath and Beyond, C&A, GAP Inc., J.C. Penney, Jones Apparel Group, Kohl’s, Krenholm (Estonia), Levi Strauss & Co., Limited Brands Inc., Macy’s, Marimekko, Nike Inc., Nordstrom, North Face Apparel, Patagonia, Philips van Heusen, Target Corporation, Tesco, Timberland, TJX Companies Inc., Vanity Fair Corporation, The Walt Disney Company, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

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Related companies: American Eagle Outfitters Bed Bath & Beyond C&A Gap J.C. Penney Jones Group Kohl's Krenholm (part of Boras Wäfveri) Levi Strauss Limited Brands Macy's Marimekko Nike Nordstrom North Face (part of VF Corp) Patagonia Target Tesco Timberland (part of VF Corp) TJX Walmart Walt Disney