Uniqlo Publishes List Of Core Suppliers

by: Rosie Dalton | 1 month ago | News

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We talk a lot about the importance of transparency for all fashion businesses, but fast fashion businesses in particular. Because these are the ones with extensive supply chain networks that tend to span several countries and become increasingly complex over time. On countless occasions, for example, we have heard brands try to hide behind their suppliers or feign ignorance in the case of child labour discoveries and the like. So we were delighted to learn that Japanese company Uniqlo had recently taken the leap and published a list of its core suppliers.

According to Fashion United, the retailer provided details of its 146 core supplier factories, which is a network that spans across seven countries in Asia. The new follows pressure from campaign group War on Want, which exposed Uniqlo’s abuse of Chinese garment workers, first uncovered by Hong Kong-based partner Student and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM).

The report revealed serious labour rights abuses taking place across all of the company’s Chinese factories, including forced overtime, dangerous working conditions, and a culture of verbal abuse and bullying. So this latest move by Uniqlo demonstrates the company’s commitment to take greater responsibility of its supply chain. And as such, the list includes the names and addresses of all factories, which is something that War on Want has been specifically calling for.

“This win is shared by workers who spoke out and organised to resist Uniqlo’s exploitation in factories, unions that supported them and our partner SACOM in Hong Kong that spearheaded a coalition of international solidarity,” explained War on Want senior programmes officer Thulsi Narayanasamy. “This is a lesson for Uniqlo. They might have an international network of factories, but garment workers have an international network of people who stand in solidarity with them and have shown that they are prepared to act in support of them.”

For Uniqlo’s part, the company said that the release was part of its “commitment to environment and human rights issues”, and for the purpose of “increasing the transparency” of its supply chain. Now we just hope that some more fast fashion retailers will also follow suit in the not too distant future.

Via Fashion United

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