24 October 2013


Uzbekistan is the sixth largest global producer of cotton, however cotton from Uzbekistan is produced using forced labour and child labour.

The Justice and international Mission of the Uniting Church has been conducting a campaign urging retailers in Australia to publicly commit to take steps to ensure they are not selling products made with Uzbekistan cotton.

The large David Jones retail chain has been the target of a letter-writing and email campaign for several months with little apparent effect. However the strategy of asking supporters to place the following post 'Dear David Jones, it’s time to cotton on. I need you to publicly commit to making sure David Jones products don’t use Uzbekistani cotton – cotton that is produced using child and forced labour. Thank you.' on the David Jones Facebook page  has prompted a response. A further indication of the effectiveness of advocacy.

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