Cotton

CAMPAIGN WIN

Campaign Update

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    GOOD NEWS!

   The Super Retail Group signed the global cotton pledge!

     http://www.sourcingnetwork.org/the-cotton-pledge

  Thanks to everyone who supported the campaign targeting Super  Retail! We asked the Super Retail Group (owner of brands such as Rebel and Ray’s Outdoors) to commit to taking action to ensure their products are free from cotton from Uzbekistan. They have now signed the global cotton pledge which states:

As a signatory to this pledge, we are stating our firm opposition to the use of child and adult forced labor in the harvest of Uzbek cotton. We commit to not knowingly source Uzbek cotton for the manufacturing of any of our products until the Government of Uzbekistan ends the practice of forced child and adult labor in its cotton sector. Until the elimination of this practice is independently verified by the International Labor Organization, we will maintain this pledge.

A big THANK YOU to all the supporters who wrote, emailed and sent post cards to the Super Retail Group! Your action has resulted in a WIN!

 

 

Campaign Background:

Uzbekistan: in a country far away from Australia, a deep and disturbing reality is being documented by our partner organisations on the ground. Every year, millions of people in this country are forced to pick cotton by the government. Failing to take part in this can mean fines, imprisonment, and even state sponsored torture.

Eventually this cotton will end up in fabrics and then in garment factories, and ultimately, it can end up in your favourite t-shirt.

The cotton sector in Uzbekistan is one of the only cases in the world in which the government uses forced labour as a matter of policy. Uzbekistan has developed into a country where peaceful activities of human rights defenders and independent journalists are considered a crime.

The Uzbek government continues to use forced labour in the agriculture sector, including cotton and silk production, and for public works throughout the first half of 2015.

Will you join us in getting Australian companies to stop sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan?

By signing the petition on this page, you will be sending a message to the Super Retail Group Limited, an Australian company which has still not committed to stopping sourcing cotton form Uzbekistan. Over 170 companies have now committed to not using cotton from Uzbekistan in their products. These companies include well-known brands such as Adidas, Levi Strauss, The Walt Disney Company, Target, Cotton On, Myer and Kmart.

We urge the Super Retail Group (owner of brands such as Rebel and Ray’s Outdoors) to give a public commitment to take all reasonable steps to ensure the products it sells are free from cotton produced in Uzbekistan, until the International Labour Organisation can verify the Government of Uzbekistan has ended the use of forced labour in cotton production.

Help us get 1000 Signatures

829 to go

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Dear Mr. Birtles, CEO of the Super Retail Group Limited,

I am deeply concerned about the government of Uzbekistan forcing millions of people, including children, to plant and harvest cotton every year. This is not only a violation of their fundamental human rights, but these people also miss out on their education and wages from work. Anyone who refuses faces harsh penalties and some suffer injuries and illness from working in the cotton fields.

Over 170 companies have now committed to not using cotton from Uzbekistan in their products. These companies include well-known brands such as Adidas, Levi Strauss, The Walt Disney Company, Target, Cotton On, Myer and Kmart.

I urge the Super Retail Group (owner of brands such as Rebel and Ray’s Outdoors) to give a public commitment to take all reasonable steps to ensure the products it sells are free from cotton produced in Uzbekistan, until the International Labour Organisation can verify the Government of Uzbekistan has ended the use of forced labour in cotton production.