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Organic and “more sustainable”? Textile certifications and suspected forced labor in Xinjiang

Positionspapier
2021

The Chinese government may be forcing large numbers of the Uyghur population in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to work in cotton and garment production. While Western fashion brands’ supply chain links to Xinjiang have been the focus of significant public attention, the present report examines the role of another important actor within the fashion industry – textile labels and certifications – and its relationship to the situation in the region.