Tesco signs Cotton Pledge, committing to not source Uzbek cotton picked with forced labour

Author: Responsible Sourcing Network , Published on: 13 October 2014

"Tesco, World’s Second-Largest Retailer, Signs RSN’s Cotton Pledge as Annual Uzbek Cotton Fair Begins", 9 Oct 2014 

Tesco has joined the fight against forced labor in Uzbek cotton by signing RSN’s Cotton Pledge…Retailers and apparel brands are taking action to prevent Uzbek cotton from entering their supply chains. Markets for Uzbek cotton sourced with forced labor continue to diminish as consumers become more aware of the egregious human rights violations that occur during the Uzbek cotton harvest, with over four million Uzbek citizens forced to pick cotton under threat of penalty. Due to the pressure on the Uzbek government…there have been some success in reducing human rights violations…[A]fter five years of coordinated advocacy, children ages 7-15 are almost completely absent from the fields…Much of the international pressure has come from retail companies who have signed RSN’s Cotton Pledge, committing to not use Uzbek cotton harvested with forced labor in their products…[Also refers to Lacoste (part of Devanlay) and Raven+Lily]

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Related companies: Devanlay SA Lacoste (part of Devanlay) Tesco