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Uniqlo tells Chinese suppliers to improve work conditions

Author: Chris Gallagher, Reuters, Published on: 14 January 2015

Uniqlo-owner Fast Retailing Co Ltd…told…suppliers in China to improve factory working conditions after...SACOM…issued a report saying employees at Dongguan Tomwell Garment Co Ltd and Pacific (Pan Yu) Textiles Ltd were working excessive hours in unsafe conditions…

"Respecting human rights and ensuring appropriate working conditions…are top priorities…" Yukihiro Nitta, group executive responsible for corporate social responsibility, said…

The company…told Dongguan Tomwell and Pacific (Pan Yu) to make various improvements...However, it…found discrepancies with several points in SACOM's report regarding Pacific (Pan Yu), including that the cause of a worker's death was electrocution…it would continue its inspection and seek talks with SACOM.

…Dongguan Tomwell's parent company, Luen Thai, said it took fair treatment of workers very seriously…it was "committed to establishing strict measures to ensure that our operations are in accordance with UNIQLO's Code of Conduct…" and…would "make ongoing efforts to prevent excessive overtime…an independent system will be set up to review…" Pacific (Pan Yu) did not answer calls seeking comment.

Fast Retailing also said it would improve its monitoring system for manufacturing partners…Fast Retailing would check progress within a month along with third parties including auditors…

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Related companies: Fast Retailing Uniqlo (part of Fast Retailing)