Marimekko’s Estonian supplier calls halt to cotton purchases from Uzbekistan

Author: Helsingin Sanomat [Finland], Published on: 28 November 2007

The Estonian textile factory Krenholm…has put a stop to its purchases from Uzbekistan following suspicions of the use of child labour, reported Martti Haarajoki, the CEO of Krenholm, on Tuesday. On Monday, the textile and clothing design company Marimekko…announced that it would stop buying cotton products from Krenholm..."Of course we do not accept the use of child labour”, commented Haarajoki.…Suspicions arose when a programme broadcast by Swedish Television (SVT) last weekend claimed that a number of suppliers of the Swedish clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz may have been using cotton picked by school-age children in Uzbekistan. The report also mentioned the Krenholm factory…which manufactures cotton products for Marimekko. Krenholm is owned by the Swedish Boras Wäfveri Group. [also refers to Neste Oil, Kesko Group, S Group]

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Related companies: Boras Wäfveri H&M Krenholm (part of Boras Wäfveri) Marimekko Neste Oil