Cotton Campaign calls for stronger commitment from H&M to rid supply chain of Uzbek child & forced labour - company responds.

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Company response
6 June 2013

Daewoo International's response

Author: Daewoo International

First of all, we, Daewoo International Corporation fully understand that the Uzbek forced labor issue must be solved as soon as possible without reference to adult or child. Because Daewoo International Corporation, having interests of local company operating the textile business cannot be free from this issue and, will continue to deal with the Uzbek forced labor issue until it disappear perfectly...We would like to explain how Daewoo’s two Uzbek textile companies...having dealt with this issue. Daewoo Textiles have also being interested in this issue and considerably tried to solve it. Daewoo Textile have consistently suggested the change in the policy of forced child labor toward Cabinet of Ministries of Uzbekistan (Uzbekengelsanoat) since the issue of Uzbek forced child labor was brought up in 2005.

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Article
20 February 2013

Cotton Campaign calls for stronger commitment from H&M to rid supply chain of Uzbek child & forced labour

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited H&M, Daewoo Intl. and POSCO to respond. Responses provided.] Reports continue to allege the use of child & forced labour in Uzbek cotton harvests...In December 2012, Cotton Campaign pointed out ties between one of H&M's suppliers and Daewoo International, which allegedly purchases cotton from Uzbekistan. H&M's supplier subsequently cut ties with the company and H&M announced it would ask suppliers to sign a pledge not to source cotton from Uzbekistan. Following the announcement, Cotton Campaign issued a statement calling on H&M to strengthen its commitment by implementing the so-called Daewoo Protocol. "H&M’s recent announcement does not go far enough to ensure that it is not complicit in the use of state-sponsored forced labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry," says Cotton Campaign.

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Company response
20 February 2013

Response by Posco: Cotton Campaign calls for stronger commitment from H&M to rid supply chain of Uzbek child & forced labour - company responds.

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