Tell Anta to stop profiting from Uyghur forced labor

Ding Shizhong, chairman and CEO of Anta Sports

People belonging to ethnic, cultural, and religious groups in northwestern China, including Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and Hui, are currently the target of the largest organized detention of an ethnoreligious minority the world has seen since World War II. Since 2017, over one million have been detained.

Uyghur detainees work under constant surveillance, with assigned minders. They are not allowed to leave. Their forced labor contributes to the production of goods for numerous multinational corporations. More than 20 percent of the global apparel industry’s cotton supply is grown in the Uyghur Region. This is also where about 84 percent of China’s cotton is from.

Anta Sports is the largest Chinese manufacturer of sports clothing and gear. In addition to what it sells under its own brand name, the company owns 25 international brands including FILA, Wilson, Salomon, and Descente. Anta Sports is also the official supplier to the International Olympic Committee. It is nearly impossible to play a sport and not buy something that benefits the multinational giant.

Headquartered in Xingjiang, China, Anta Sports' supply chain is full of products that were processed by Uyghur labor. This needs to stop. Anta Sports has the power to make life better for millions of people in China.

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To: Ding Shizhong, chairman and CEO of Anta Sports
From: [Your Name]

I demand that Anta end its complicity in Uyghur forced labor in China.

People belonging to ethnic, cultural, and religious groups in northwestern China, including Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and Hui, are currently the target of the largest organized detention of an ethnoreligious minority the world has seen since World War II. Since 2017, over one million have been detained.

Uyghur detainees work under constant surveillance, with assigned minders. They are not allowed to leave. Their forced labor contributes to the production of goods for numerous multinational corporations. More than 20 percent of the global apparel industry’s cotton supply is grown in the Uyghur Region. This is also where about 84 percent of China’s cotton is from.

Please write back and tell me what actions you will take to ensure that none of your clothes are connected to Uyghur forced labor in China.