Jul 23, 2020

Apple and Nike face pressure over China Uighur ties

Corporate giants including Nike face growing calls to cut ties with suppliers alleged to be using "Forced labour" from China's Uighur people. Nike said it was "Conducting ongoing diligence with our suppliers in China to identify and assess potential risks related to employment of Uighur or other ethnic minorities". American border officials also seized a shipment of 13 tonnes of hair products from the region worth an estimated $800,000, while the Commerce Department blacklisted 11 more companies - suppliers said to work with firms such as Apple - a move that limits the ability of those firms to buy US products, citing abuses. "Companies all over the world must reassess their operations and supply chains and find alternatives that do not exploit the labour and violate the human rights of the Uighur people," said US congressman James McGovern, who leads a committee on China. Nike said after it confronted one of its suppliers, Taekwang Group, about the issue, the firm stopped recruiting employees from Xinjiang at one of its factories.

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