It has been a long haul but it has paid off. As of last week, the Cotton Campaign has ended its call for a global boycott of cotton from Uzbekistan. This follows a report by the Uzbekistan Forum for Human Rights stating that it had found no evidence of forced labour imposed by the central government during the 2021 harvest. "After encouraging hundreds of companies to avoid Uzbek cotton over the past 12 years, we are pleased to announce that the time has come to lift the pledge on Uzbek cotton," said Patricia Jurewicz, CEO of Responsible Sourcing Network and co-founder of the Cotton Campaign.
The boycott had been in place since 2009 because of the systemic use of child and forced labour in the Uzbek cotton harvest. 331 international brands and retailers, including several major brand... Lire la suite