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27 Mar 2021

Newsy (USA)

FILA China cuts ties with BCI; FILA's Taiwan agent says cotton is sourced from South Asia

"Cutting Taiwan FILA with China FILA: Only use South Asian cotton", 27 March 2021

Sports brand FILA issued a statement on China’s Weibo today (26th), stating that FILA China has been using Chinese cotton-producing areas, including cotton produced in Xinjiang, and will apply to withdraw from the BCI Better Cotton Organization, arousing outrage from Taiwanese netizens.

FILA Taiwan’s agent “Fila Co., Ltd.” later quickly issued a statement about the connection, stating that Taiwan FILA now uses cotton fabrics made in Taiwan, and the raw materials are from South Asia.

“Fila Co., Ltd.” declares as follows:

  1. The FILA brand adopts the business model of various market agents. Taiwan is now operated by Fila Co., Ltd., and the Chinese market is Anta Sports, each responsible for its market operations.
  2. The media reported that FILA’s withdrawal from the BCI organization was the local market decision of ANTA Sports.
  3. The Taiwan market operated by FILA Co., Ltd. as an agent of FILA now uses cotton fabrics made in Taiwan, and the raw materials are from South Asia. [...]

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