Thank you for signing the petition! Now will you send a message to Volkswagen's head of communications, Sebastian Rudolph, and Volkswagen's whistleblower office asking them to investigate the allegations of forced labour in the company supply chain.
Here are some key points to include in your email but feel free to personalize it as much as you'd like. The more personal, the better!
- New research published by the Sheffield Hallam University, UK reveals that Volkswagen is buying car parts from suppliers that are at a high risk of using Uyghur forced labour - even though Volkswagen claims that it is opposed to the use of forced labour. Parts for VW cars like windshields and wheels are being supplied by companies based in the Uyghur region.
- The UN and many national governments including the US, UK and France have condemned the Government of China for its brutal repression of the Uyghurs, including subjecting them to imprisonment, torture and forced labour.
- There are currently laws in both Germany and the US which prohibit the import of goods made with Uyghur forced labour, so Volkswagen is currently at risk of breaking national laws. The Chair of the US Senate Committee on Finance is so concerned that this might be the case that he has written to Volkswagen directly asking for their assessment of compliance with US laws.
- Volkswagen must act quickly to cut all supply chain links with suppliers using Uyghur forced labour and exit the Uyghur region.
If you are a VW customer or thinking about buying a VW vehicle, this could carry even more weight with the company and is worth mentioning in your message.