How does Target keep its prices so low? Turns out some of Target's products might be so cheap because they are made with slave-picked cotton from Uzbekistan and/or purchased from Daewoo International, a company that accounts for approximately 20% of all cotton processed in Uzbekistan.
Every year, during the harvest season, over a million children and adults are ripped from their homes, schools and jobs, and forced to work in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan to meet daily picking quotas. They are often threatened and beaten.
Over 100 apparel companies (including Target) pledged not to buy slave-picked Uzbek cotton. Now, they're following up on their pledge by joining the Daewoo Protocol, declining to do business with Daewoo until it takes serious steps to stop sourcing slave-picked Uzbek cotton. Despite its promise, Target has not yet signed the Daewoo Protocol.
We expect more from Target, a company that takes pride in holding the highest ethical standards for itself and for its business partners. Tell Target to sign the Daewoo Protocol, a serious step toward fighting modern slavery in Uzbekistan.
Dear Gregg Steinhafel, Target CEO,
As a Target consumer, I 'expect more' and want to know that I am not purchasing products that contain slave-picked cotton from Uzbekistan. There is a simple way to ensure this - join the Daewoo Protocol, a series of steps to eliminate slave-picked cotton from your supply chain.
By continuing to do business with Daewoo, you support a company that knowingly profits from the enslavement of over a million children and adults who are forced to pick cotton in Uzbekistan.
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