M&S have become one of the first companies to formally sign the Call to Action on human rights abuses.
They signed up to the Call to Action on human rights abuses: Brand Commitment to Exit the Uyghur Region to help drive meaningful change at scale in the Xinjiang region and the retailer remains committed to offering customers 100% sustainably-sourced cotton.
As the Call to Action notes, more than 80% of China’s cotton is grown in the Uyghur Region, approaching almost 20% of global production.
In response to mounting evidence of forced labour, the Coalition has set out a series of asks of businesses in order to ensure that their full supply chains are not linked to the human rights abuses in the region.
Richard Price, M&S Clothing & Home MD said: “At M&S, sourcing ethically and sustainably is core to how we do business and the promise we make to our customers, that’s why we do not source cotton from Xinjiang. 100% of the cotton for our clothing is more sustainably sourced—from the organic cotton in our baby clothes to our Good Move gym leggings using cotton sourced through the Better Cotton Initiative.
“When it comes to sustainable and ethical clothing, we can only achieve real change at scale by working with others, which is why we are proud to be formally supporting the coalition and providing additional assurance to our customers they can purchase from M&S with confidence.”
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. Together with their partners, they provide training on more sustainable farming practices to more than 2.3million cotton farmers in 23 countries.
Jasmine O’Connor OBE, CEO at Anti-Slavery International said: “We welcome the leadership shown by Marks & Spencer today to commit publicly to the Call to Action, providing assurance to its consumers that M&S products will not be linked to the abuses of Uyghurs. The Call to Action sets out a clear path of action for brands to follow in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and we call upon other major brands to follow suit with M&S and commit to the Call to Action urgently.”
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