This year, yet again, hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children in Uzbekistan were forced to work harvesting cotton. Activists who spoke out were arbitrarily detained and threatened. This modern-day slavery is no secret to clothing retailers, and many have signed a pledge to refuse to buy cotton made in Uzbekistan as a result.
Despite pledging to not to source Uzbek cotton, the global retailer H&M is refusing to take steps that would guarantee no companies in its supply chain profit from slavery in Uzbekistan. Even worse, H&M reportedly had business links with Daewoo International, a company that explicitly deals in cotton from Uzbekistan.
It’s up to us to show H&M that consumers expect it to live up to its promise to ensure that cotton from Uzbekistan is not present in its products.
Click here to tell H&M to stop doing business with companies that profit from modern-day slavery