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Your Beautiful Indian Rug Was Probably Made By Child Labor

Author: Megha Bahree, Forbes (USA), Published on: 5 February 2014

Retailers, when contacted, said they were strictly against all forms of child labor and would look into the issues raised in the report...Crate and Barrel is deeply concerned about these allegations. We take them very seriously as they involve a direct violation of our code of conduct and do not support our company values. We are actively investigating these claims...IKEA has been sourcing from India for 26 years and is committed to responsible sourcing...The four carpet suppliers we work with in India were all audited during the past year and were approved according to IWAY. IWAY includes strict requirements on labour rights, working conditions, safety and environmental protection...Williams-Sonoma Inc. has zero tolerance for human trafficking, child or forced labor in our global supply chains...When we learned of the report, we immediately assembled a high-level task force to review the possibility of any of these conditions existing within our rug vendor base...Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s will not tolerate human trafficking and slavery in our supply chain. We will quickly investigate any such situations, and take swift and decisive action against any supplier for non-compliance with our policies and standards, resulting in possible termination of the business relationship...Neiman Marcus Group does not import rugs for resale...Target has always held itself — and our partners — accountable to the highest standards of ethical business practices.

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