Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise probes Nike, Dynasty Gold over alleged use of Uyghur forced labour
"Canada probes Nike, Dynasty Gold over alleged use of Uyghur forced labour" 12 July 2023
Canada's ethics watchdog has launched investigations into allegations that Nike Canada and a gold mining company benefitted from Uyghur forced labour in their China operations.
The watchdog's probes stem from complaints filed by a coalition of human rights groups.
Nike says they no longer have ties to the companies accused of using Uyghur forced labour.
Dynasty Gold says these allegations arose after they left the region. [...]
This is the first such investigation announced by the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (Core) since it launched its complaint mechanism in 2021.
The agency alleges that Nike Canada Corp has supply relationships with several Chinese companies that an Australian think tank identified as using or benefitting from Uyghur forced labour. [...]
Nike says they no longer have ties with these companies and provided information on their due diligence practices.
According to the report, Nike turned down meetings with the ombudsman, but sent a letter saying "we are concerned about reports of forced labour in, and connected to, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR)".
"Nike does not source products from the XUAR and we have confirmed with our contract suppliers that they are not using textiles or spun yarn from the region."
The report on Dynasty Gold suggests it benefitted from the use of Uyghur forced labour at a mine in China in which the gold mining company holds a majority interest.
The mining company says it does not have operational control over the mine and that these allegations arose after it left the region.
Dynasty's chief executive Ivy Chong told the CBC the initial report was "totally unfounded". [...]