onsdag 17. mars 2021

Uighur abuse: MPs criticise companies over China forced labour

Some British firms could be complicit in the use of forced labour in China's Xinjiang region, an MPs' report says. The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee said there was a lack of transparency in firms' supply chains and failures in government. Xinjiang is home to many Chinese ethnic minorities, including Uighur Muslims.

The MPs said firms in fashion, retail, media and technology could all be implicated, and it was time to fine and blacklist those that failed to change. The BEIS committee said it was appalled companies still cannot guarantee that their supply chains are free from forced labour. Those that cannot prove they don't have links with Xingjian should face sanctions, the MPs said. The report recommends the government accelerates proposals to amend and strengthen the Modern Slavery Act 2015.