Blog: Uzbek cotton ban
Leonie Barrie | 17 January 2008
When the world’s fourth largest retailer takes a stance against the world’s third largest cotton producer, the message is clear: child labour will not be tolerated. By banning Uzbekistan cotton, Tesco has the potential to change a multi-billion dollar industry where flagrant human-rights abuses are endemic.
Key to the boycott are plans by the retailer to get more transparent with regards to its clothing and textiles processes by implementing a system to track its cotton supply chains – and I’m sure it’ll just be a matter of time before other concerned companies follow suit.
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