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28 Mar 2021

William Wilkes, Bloomberg (USA)

China: Hugo Boss deletes "unauthorised" statement over Xinjiang cotton and says it does not tolerate forced labour

"Hugo Boss Under Fire From Chinese Stars Over Xinjiang Pledge", 28 March 2021

Hugo Boss AG came under fire from Chinese celebrities over its stance on human rights in China, ensnaring the company in a growing boycott of western firms who won’t use cotton produced in the region of Xinjiang over concerns it’s made with forced labor by Muslim-minority Uyghurs [...]

Hugo Boss initially appeared to try to appease Chinese concerns, posting on its Weibo account last week that it would “continue to purchase and support Xinjiang cotton.” That comment was unauthorized and has now been deleted, a spokeswoman for Hugo Boss said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg.

In a separate statement currently posted to its website, Hugo Boss said the company does not tolerate forced labor and insists that its global suppliers follow suit. The company “has not procured any goods originating in the Xinjiang region from direct suppliers,” the company said in the statement. [...]

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