Tell Nike to Stop Profiting from Forced Uyghur Labor
John Donahoe, CEO, Nike
Help Free Uyghurs From Forced Labour 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 ethno-religious minority the world has seen since World War II. Since 2017, over one million have been detained.
Detainees are made to work under constant surveillance, with assigned minders and no freedom to leave. Their forced labour contributes to the production of goods for numerous multinationals.
Countless Western companies are also profiting from this system of forced labour in their supply chains. Over 20 percent of the global apparel industry’s cotton supply is grown in the Uyghur Region, the source of 84 percent of China’s output.
US-based Nike, like almost all companies, claims to prohibit forced labour in its supply chains, yet offers no credible explanation as to how it can do this considering its links to a region where all goods are likely to be tainted by forced labour. By continuing to operate in and maintaining links to the region, fashion brands like these are complicit in what many have widely recognized as not only crimes against humanity but also genocide.
For More Information
"Eight things you can do to help Uyghurs in a time of genocide," Uyghur Human Rights Project
End #ForcedLabourFashion Now - campaign website
John Donahoe, CEO, Nike
From: Alyson Chadwick
I demand that Nike end its complicity in Uyghur forced labor in China.
Nike claims to have a zero-tolerance approach towards forced labor in its suppliers' factories. But independent research shows that major Chinese textile companies, such as Huafu Fashion and Luthai Textile, are complicit in China’s state-sponsored system of forced labor, targeting Uyghurs and other Turkic and Muslim people. Moreover, with forced labor being widespread in the Uyghur Region, which accounts for 20% of the world’s cotton, there is an enormous risk that the cotton used to make apparel for Nike in China is made with Uyghur forced labor.
We are tired of hearing Nike’s empty words. Nike needs to take real action and prioritize the lives and dignity of the Uyghur people over their own profits. The only way to ensure that Nike is not complicit in Uyghur forced labour is by committing to each of the steps of the Brand Commitment to Exit the Uyghur Region.
Please write back and tell me what actions Nike will take to ensure that none of its clothes are connected to Uyghur forced labour in China.