Uzbek Prime Minister Demands Abundant Cotton Harvest

Posted on July 25, 2011 by | No Comments

The prime minister of Uzbekistan has demanded an abundant cotton harvest and threatening jail time for those who fail to produce state quotas, once again setting the tone for desperate local administrators and farmers to resort to forced child labour to accommodate the pressure from Tashkent. Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, [...]

Carter’s Takes a Stand Against Forced Child Labour in Uzbekistan

Posted on July 22, 2011 by | No Comments

Change.org readers have once again succeeded with another petition, encouraging a major clothing brand to publicly oppose Uzbekistan’s use of forced child labour in its own cotton, the International Labor Rights Forum reports. A statement released on July 19 by Carter’s (which also owns Osh Kosh B’Gosh),  notes that “because of the systemic, government-sanctioned use [...]

House of Lords Discusses Corporate Pledge Against Uzbek Cotton

Posted on July 8, 2011 by | 1 Comment

The British House of Lords debated corporate governance this week, mentioning the issue of forced child labour in Uzbekistan in the cotton industry and a corporate pledge to oppose the practice . Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) has created a pledge to be signed by US and European companies and/or brands and retailers to publicly state [...]

Victory on Petition to Children’s Place; Now Let’s Petition Carter’s

Posted on July 7, 2011 by | No Comments

After more than 360 people contacted The Children’s Place about its policies related to forced child labor in cotton from Uzbekistan, the company has confirmed that it instructs its suppliers not to use Uzbek cotton, joining scores of other companies who have made similar commitments, the International Labor Rights Forum reports. Jane Singer, Vice President [...]