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China: Human Rights Now requests further information from Uniqlo

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In January 2015, a report was released on labour rights violations in factories in China supplying the Japanese apparel giant Uniqlo, by Human Rights Now (HRN: an international human rights organisation based in Japan), Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour, and Labour Action China (both based in Hong Kong). The report contained allegations of inadequate pay, forced overtime, and health hazards. Uniqlo subsequently released a statement committing the company to improvements. These all can be accessed here.

In November 2015, HRN released a statement stating that Uniqlo had failed to continue consultations with the organisation, and that information regarding any improvement was inadequate. In January 2016, Uniqlo sent a Japanese language response to HRN (and later on to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre). The response also contains information on previous HRN allegations regarding suppliers in Cambodia.

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25 January 2016

China: Questions and Requests on the Improvement of Working Conditions at Fast Retailing’s Contractor and Subcontractor Factories

Author: Human Rights Now

... Our organization has asked for a constructive and continuous dialogue after the second meeting in order to point out areas in which the progress of improvements, as indicated by the announcements on your website, seem insufficient, and to contribute to the improvements. However, your company has not yet responded to our request.  ...

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Author: ヒューマンライツナウ

東京を本拠とする国際人権NGOヒューマンライツ・ナウと香港のNGO・SACOMらがユニクロ中国委託先工場の過酷労働に関する調査報告書を公表してから一年が経過しました。ヒューマンライツ・ナウは、この報告書公表直後にファーストリテイリングが公表した、委託先工場での労働環境改善に関する行動計画に関し、モニタリングをし、抜本的な改善策の実施と進捗状況の情報公開を求めてきました。ヒューマンライツ・ナウは改善状況が十分でないことにかんがみ、2015年11月7日付で、ファーストリテイリング社に対し、公開の質問・要請書を送付し、2か月以内の回答を求めました。2016年1月6日、ヒューマンライツ・ナウは、回答をファーストリテイリング社より受け取りましたので、公表します。

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Author: ファーストレテイリング

弊社は、責任ある調達、適正な労働環境と正しい生産プロセスによる服づくりの実現を目指し、 サプライチェーンにおける人権の尊重と適正な労働環境の維持を最重要課題として取り組んで おります。問題点については、今後も継続的に事実確認と改善活動を行ってまいります。また、 これらの課題解決には企業の枠組みを超えたアパレル産業全体での協働が不可欠との認識にも とづき、業界としての様々なイニシアチブに参加し、専門機関との協働による解決も含めて、改 善活動を進めてまいります。 …

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