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Social Investors and Human Rights Activists Pressure Government of Uzbekistan

Author: Calvert, Published on: 15 August 2008

Socially conscious shareholders, pension funds and human rights advocates have joined together to demand that the government of Uzbekistan stop using forced child labor in its cotton harvest... U.S. and international shareholders with combined assets of over $250 billion, along with human rights advocates, sent appeals today to Uzbek President Islam A. Karimov, Director General Juan Somavia...of the International Labor Organization (ILO), and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Also today, representatives of four major textile, apparel and retail trade associations will meet with the Uzbek Ambassador to the United States to express similar concerns... Adam Kanzer, Managing Director and General Counsel at Domini Social Investments [said] "Companies are finding that it is indeed possible to trace the source of their cotton, and we believe responsible companies have an obligation to do so."... C&A, Gap Inc., Levi Strauss & Co., Marks & Spencer, Target, Tesco, and Victoria's Secret [part of Limited Brands] have already taken measures to exclude Uzbek cotton from their merchandise... [also refers to Wal-Mart]

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Related companies: C&A Gap Levi Strauss Limited Brands Marks & Spencer Target Tesco Victoria's Secret (part of Limited Brands) Walmart