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Apparel & retail industry call for end of forced child labor
19
Aug '08
A coalition of the four trade associations representing the U.S. apparel and retail industries hand-delivered a letter addressed to Uzbekistan President Islam Abduganievich Karimov to Ambassador of Uzbekistan H.E. Abdulaziz Kamilov in Washington, DC.

The group urged the government of Uzbekistan to take decisive and immediate actions to end the use of forced child labor in its cotton fields. According to published reports, Uzbekistan, the world's third largest cotton exporter, is alleged to have allowed children as young as 10-15 years old to be forced to harvest cotton.

The associations are alarmed by recent reports alleging that the Government of Uzbekistan is directly orchestrating the forced employment of child labor in the harvesting of cotton. “Our member companies are firmly committed to sourcing in countries respectful of human and workers' rights,” stated the coalition in the letter to President Karimov.

“In fact, this commitment is embedded in their supplier codes of conduct which guide them to source in countries and with business partners that follow workplace standards consistent with international labor standards.”

A vital sector of the Uzbekistan economy, cotton represents 20 percent of the country's exports, and ultimately accounts for over 15 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP).

The group reminded President Karimov that a growing number of North American and European companies and retailer brands have already taken measures to exclude Uzbek cotton from their merchandise because of the atrocious abuse of children in the cotton fields, and that more companies would likely follow suit if sweeping improvements are not made soon. Any action taken by companies to limit or exclude the use of Uzbek cotton would have harmful consequences for the Uzbek government and its economy.

The group noted, however, that numerous resources, including the International Labor Organization (ILO), are available to help Uzbekistan resolve this issue as well as ensure that the affected children (and their families) are not displaced without any sort of safety net or transitional assistance.

The retail and apparel coalition members - the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the National Retail Federation (NRF), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel (USA-ITA) - together represent well-over 90 percent of the U.S. purchases of cotton and cotton-based merchandise.

In addition to giving the letter to the Ambassador, the coalition urged other significant organizations and people to get involved with the issue of forced child labor in Uzbekistan.

The coalition sent letters voicing their concerns to the ILO, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the British Retail Consortium, the Canadian Apparel Federation, the Retail Council of Canada, the EuroCommerce, the Foreign Trade Association and the European Apparel and Textile Organisation (EURATEX).

The industry associations aren't the only groups to step forward to pressure the Uzbekistan government to stop child labor. A number of concerned influential social responsibility investment and non-governmental organizations are also rallying together and urging specific progressive actions.

American Apparel & Footwear Association


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