Apple is among big companies asked to sever ties with China amid allegations that Uyghur Muslims are being exploited and used as forced labor by suppliers. A new campaign has been put in place to highlight the problem and call for change (via BBC News).
Brands in a hurry to leave the Uyghur region
“We call on brands and retailers to leave the Uyghur region at all levels of their supply chain, from cotton to finished products, to prevent the use of forced labor by Uyghurs and other groups in other facilities,” and to end relations with suppliers supporting the forced labor system, “the activists” call to action bed. “Brands and retailers must take each of these steps in order to meet their corporate responsibility obligations to respect human rights as defined in international principles such as the United Nations Guiding Principles. relating to business and human rights. ”
Nike is another major brand coming under the pressure of the campaign. A recent Australian strategic policy report has again highlighted these fears. Apple has always denied that forced labor is exploited at any of its factories and insists it is monitoring the situation closely. “We have not found any evidence of forced labor on Apple’s production lines and plan to continue monitoring,” a company statement said.