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31 Aug 2020

New Zealand: Concerns over importers sourcing gloves from Top Glove (Malaysia) amid claims of slave-like conditions for migrant workers in its factories

Human rights advocates have warned about slave-like conditions for migrant workers in some of Top Glove’s Malaysian factories. The allegations include long hours of work, very low wages, debt bondage, cramped living conditions, and withholding of passports. In July, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has enforced a detention order against Top Glove's subsidiaries to halt the importation of goods from companies suspected of using forced labour.

There is evidence, according to a NZ Newsroom report, that Top Glove is making gloves for the New Zealand market, and some are ending up in New Zealand hospitals and medical centres, supermarkets, food factories, and health and beauty salons.

It alleged that Protec Solutions has imported gloves from Top Glove. Moreover, the report also alleged that Ebos sources product from Ansell, which in turn sources from Top Glove.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Protec Solutions and Ebos to respond to these concerns. Ebos responded and committed to cease sourcing and supplying the Ansell MicroThin Nitrile glove manufactured by Top Glove. Protec Solutions did not respond.

Company Responses

Protec Solutions

No Response