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Published on Thursday, 07 February 2013

Causalities in race for ‘white gold’

Written by Stacey Dove

Supply chain transparency has been flagged up once again in the textiles industry, due to Uzbekistan’s alleged use of child labour in Uzbekistan.

Fashion retailer H&M has been targeted by labour organisations, including Anti Slavery International and the Environmental Justice Foundation, for its alleged ties with Daewoo International, whose Uzbek subsidiary: Daewoo Textile Fergana’s website explicitly states it specialises in “textile production, cotton fabric and yarn, using as raw materials the best grades of cotton grown in Uzbekistan.”