19 December 2011


In a letter in response to the campaign by Stop the Traffick (Australia) to end harvesting of cotton in Uzbekistan using forced labour of schoolchildren, (featured in this bulletin in August), a spokesperson for the Cotton On company stressed that its Supplier Agreements stipulate zero tolerance for child labour.

The letter reiterates the company’s commitment to its corporate social responsibilities and acceptable working conditions and trade practices. The letter also outlines the steps the company has taken to ensure its Supplier Agreements and Vendor Ethical Code of Conduct are adhered to; this includes the recruitment of Ethical Compliance Auditors and the engagement of third party auditors in countries of production where they do not have dedicated resources.

This response gives encouragement that our advocacy efforts can be effective.

You may like to consider sending a brief note of congratulation to Cotton On acknowledging their stance on this issue.

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