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Wal-Mart instructs suppliers to cease sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan to persuade govt. to end use of child labour

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Author: Fashions-addict [France]

...Wal-Mart a...arrêt[é] d'importer du coton ouzbek tant qu'il n'[a] pas la confirmation que l'ancienne république soviétique prend des mesures pour mettre fin au travail des enfants dans les champs de coton...[L]e gouvernement de Tashkent "a [alors] mis en place un plan visant à éliminer toutes les formes de travail des enfants...", a affirmé un responsable ouzbek. L'Ouzbékistan...n'avait jamais jusque-là reconnu le travail des enfants dans les champs de coton.

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30 September 2008

Wal-Mart boycotts Uzbek cotton

Author: Jonathan Birchall, Financial Times

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, said on Tuesday it was asking its suppliers to stop using cotton from Uzbekistan, joining a boycott by global brands over its use of forced child labour during the cotton harvest. It is the first time the retailer has taken such sweeping action over sourcing issues, reflecting its push over the past three years to improve its record on social and environmental sustainability under Lee Scott, its chief executive...The retailer’s move, which follows similar steps by retailers in Europe, was welcomed by a coalition of ethical investment groups that have been campaigning for US companies to apply pressure to Uzbekistan.

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30 September 2008

Wal-Mart Takes Action to End Forced Child Labor in Uzbekistan

Author: Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart has instructed its global supply base to cease sourcing cotton and cotton materials from Uzbekistan in an effort to persuade the Uzbek government to end the use of forced child labor in cotton harvesting. This action follows months of work with industry trade associations, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and socially responsible investment groups to form a common position in condemning the Uzbek government's practices…[T]he Uzbek government issued on Sept. 12, 2008 a National Action Plan which details steps to eradicate the use of child labor. Once these steps can be independently verified, Wal-Mart will modify the direction to its suppliers.

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Author: PR Newswire

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ha ordenado a su base de suministro global que deje de adquirir algodón y materiales de algodón de Uzbekistán, con el propósito de persuadir al gobierno uzbeko para que ponga fin al trabajo forzado de niños en la recogida de algodón. Esta medida se produce tras meses de trabajo con asociaciones comerciales de la industria, agencias gubernamentales, organizaciones no gubernamentales y grupos de inversión socialmente responsable para formar una posición común en la condena a las prácticas del gobierno uzbeko…[E]l gobierno uzbeko emitió...un Plan de Acción Nacional...para erradicar el uso de mano de obra infantil. Una vez que estos pasos se puedan verificar independientemente, Wal-Mart modificará las instrucciones a sus suministradores.

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30 September 2008

[PDF] Faith-based and social investors praise Wal-Mart's efforts to stop forcing children to pick cotton [Uzbekistan]

Author: As You Sow Foundation & Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

Faith-based and socially responsible investors commend Wal-Mart for taking action to put an end to child labor in Uzbekistan. Today, Wal-Mart announced that it has "instructed its global supply base to cease sourcing cotton and cotton materials from Uzbekistan in an effort to persuade the Uzbek government to end the use of forced child labor in cotton harvesting."... "Wal-Mart has played a positive role in crafting a common strategy along with other stakeholders to end this egregious violation of children's rights," remarked Rev. David M. Schilling, program director of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.

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