Half a million Uyghur forced laborers break their backs daily on the cotton fields of East Turkestan (Uyghur autonomous region of Xinjiang, People’s Republic, China). Far away from their homes and families, they are exploited as unpaid and cheap labor on state-run plantations and manufactures, picking and processing cotton for fashion brands like HUGO BOSS.
SumOfUs confronted HUGO BOSS about its involvement in human rights violations in East Turkestan -- but the company refuses to take definitive measures to cut Uyghur forced labor from its supply chain.
The fashion giant depends on its image as an expensive, luxury brand -- a scandal on forced labor would challenge this. With your help, we can publicly force HUGO BOSS to address the issues and to clean up its supply chain.
HUGO BOSS are doing everything to keep the lid on this dirty secret, let’s make sure everyone knows they are enabling repression.
East Turkestan is one of the largest cotton production and export regions and produces 20% of the world’s cotton. According to the Australian Policy Institute, BOSS and other global fashion brands, work with suppliers that employ Uyghur forced laborers.
Our friends at the End Forced Uyghur Labour Coalition demand that HUGO BOSS signs the call to action and have identified immediate steps that HUGO BOSS must take to end labor exploitation in East Turkestan:
1. Close collaboration with relevant organizations, to put an end to the human rights abuses in East Turkestan within a concrete timeframe
2. Total transparency along the supply chain, inclusive of all sub-suppliers that are based in and outside of East Turkestan
3. Taking appropriate action, such as the termination of trade relations to keep HUGO BOSS’ supply chain free of forced labor
Can you help them to meet their demands? SumOfUs members have successfully stood with Uyghurs in the past: last year, together, we forced Apple to take setps to uphold human rights and to protect the freedom of expression of its users in China. Today, you can get HUGO BOSS to protect the rights of Uyghurs.
Tell HUGO BOSS to exit the region of East Turkestan and to stop allowing Uyghur forced labor in its supply chain.
Australian Strategic Policy Institute. 1 March 2020.
Reuters. 27 March 2021.