Washington D.C., Mar 26, 2021 / 16:05 pm America/Denver (CNA).
U.S. companies must stand strong and ensure their supply chains in China are not tainted with forced labor, one human rights advocate told CNA on Friday.
China has begun blacklisting U.S. companies that stopped sourcing materials from Xinjiang over concerns about forced labor and human rights abuses in the region, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
In response, a commissioner at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), Nury Turkel, told CNA that companies have “a moral and legal duty to ensure that their supply chains in China are not tainted by Uyghur forced labor.”
“Otherwise, they risk being complicit in one of the worst atrocities perpetrated in the twenty-first century,” Turkel told CNA.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Swedish clothing retailer H&M was no longer appearing on popular Chinese apps on Wednesday – months after the company announced it would no longer source from Xinjiang, a major global source of cotton. More than 400 H&M locations in the country vanished on apps including those used for directions and ride-hailing services.