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Ask UNIQLO to publish their factory list!

UNIQLO is one of many fashion brands that say one thing about factory conditions, when the reality is completely different..

Our partner, Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM), conducted undercover investigations of UNIQLO factories in China and exposed the horrifying working conditions for garment workers. Even though UNIQLO committed to taking action in its factories, SACOM later found other factories where conditions were even worse!

Garment workers all over the world struggle to make their factories safe, and to work reasonable hours for decent pay. Fashion brands make this hard by keeping their suppliers a secret. Even workers are kept in the dark about which brand they are producing for.

Transparency in fashion supply chains makes it possible for unions and labour rights advocates to hold brands accountable for factory working conditions. It also gives workers the information they need to target brands directly to more effectively fight for their rights. The biggest improvements in factory conditions have been fought and won by workers themselves. We must stand alongside them and demand that brands publish their supply chains. Other fashion brands have published their list of factories. It’s time for UNIQLO to do this too.

UNIQLO’s CEO Tadashi Yanai says “What we say and what we do need to be equal. This is the most important thing”. This is in spite of making commitments to garment workers’ rights in his supplier factories which have been exposed as false.

Demand that he live up to his own commitments to improving factory conditions and publish the supply chain. If there’s nothing to hide, there is nothing stopping this from happening today.

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There are two UNIQLO factories – in China and Cambodia – where hundreds of workers have been dismissed simply for organising collectively for better working conditions. Although UNIQLO responded to SACOM’s investigations they have ignored the affected workers from another two factories. In China and Cambodia, women workers have been left unemployed and without any compensation and the UNIQLO refuses to listen. You can help us hold them to account.

Email UNIQLO’s CEO Tadashi Yanai

Send this message:

Dear Mr Tadashi Yanai,

I am concerned by the exploitation of workers in your supplier factories. Every worker should be guaranteed safe working conditions, a living wage and the right to organise in factories.

You offer an impression of your company as a responsible corporate citizen, but you are yet to publish the details of your 70 partner factories. Other brands committed to working conditions and transparencies have published their supply chains, you must do the same.

Your workers drive your profit yet have been suffering deplorable working conditions, exposed by local groups in Hong Kong, China and Cambodia.

There are two cases of unfairly dismissed workers from Artigas and Zhong Yin factories in China and Cambodia respectively, where you are yet to support vulnerable workers. We fear for workers in your other supplier factories but don’t know where they are. 

I demand that UNIQLO:

  • Immediately release the list of all supplier factories
  • Commit to paying a living wage to workers
  • Guarantee the workers in your supplier factories have the right to safely organise

Your details:

 
Tadashi Yanai
UNIQLO