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7 Sep 2015

Cotton Campaign

Concerns raised regarding multinationals involvement in 2015 harvest

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... For three years in a row, GM Uzbekistan workers have reported that their company has sent them to the cotton harvest. In 2014, Teliasonera and Telenor reported that their companies sponsored the cotton harvest in Uzbekistan. To avoid perpetuating the Uzbek government’s forced labor system of cotton production and exposure to liability for involvement in it, companies operating in Uzbekistan should sign the Commitment Against Forced Labor in Uzbekistan, establish an independent human rights monitoring and public reporting program of the company’s operations and supply chain in Uzbekistan, and divest from Uzbekistan if involvement in the forced labor system persists as a requirement to operate in the country...