*UPDATE! After more than 350 people signed this petition, the International Labor Rights Forum heard back from A Children’s Place. The company company has confirmed that it instructs its suppliers not to use Uzbek cotton, joining scores of other companies who have made similar commitments.
Jane Singer, Vice President of Investor and Media Relations at The Children’s Place commented, “The Children’s Place commends the efforts to end forced child labor in Uzbekistan and will continue to do everything we can to support these efforts.”
We have a new action for people concerned about forced child labour in Uzbekistan, recently condemned at the International Labour Organisation annual conference.
The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) has posted a petition at change.org addressed to The Children’s Place, which has yet to catch up to its competitors in condemning Uzbekistan’s abusive practices:
The government of Uzbekistan continues to remove millions of children across the country from school and force them to pick cotton during the harvest season. While over 70 of the world’s largest apparel brands and retailers have developed policies related to Uzbek cotton, the Children’s Place, one of the biggest children’s clothing retailers in the country has remained silent. The Children’s Place has a policy against using child and forced labor, but it has not publicly addressed the unique state-sponsored practice of forced child labor in Uzbekistan nor has it provided any information about how it ensures that its suppliers do not use Uzbek cotton tainted by these egregious human rights abuses. So far, the Children’s Place has refused to support human rights and speak out against forced child labor in the cotton industry, unlike its top competitors like the Gap and Gymboree.
Petitions do work! The appeal to Gymboree, signed by thousands of concerned people, led to the company’s executives changing their minds and publishing a pledge to remove Uzbek cotton from their supply chain.
So please sign and make your voice heard!