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Tell Forever 21 to Stop Forced Child Labor in Cotton!
  • Petitioned Lawrence Meyer (VP, Forever 21)

This petition was delivered to:

VP, Forever 21
Lawrence Meyer (VP, Forever 21)
CEO, Forever 21
Don Chang (CEO, Forever 21)

Tell Forever 21 to Stop Forced Child Labor in Cotton!

    1. Petition by

      International Labor Rights Forum

The government of Uzbekistan continues to remove millions of children across the country from school and force them to pick cotton during the harvest season. While over 70 of the world’s largest apparel brands and retailers have developed policies related to Uzbek cotton, Forever 21 has remained silent. While Forever 21 says that it “enters into a comprehensive agreement with each of [its] suppliers and vendors under which they promise to utilize legally qualified workers,” this company has not publicly addressed the unique state-sponsored practice of forced child labor in Uzbekistan nor has it provided any information about how it ensures that its suppliers do not use Uzbek cotton tainted by these egregious human rights abuses. So far, Forever 21 has refused to support human rights and speak out against forced child labor in the cotton industry, unlike its top competitors like Abercrombie & Fitch, the Gap and Levi’s.

Your actions make a difference! In the past, your e-mail actions targeting Abercrombie & Fitch, Gymboree, Carter’s and the Children’s Place have led these companies to announce policies prohibiting the use of Uzbek cotton. Take action NOW to tell Forever 21 to respect international labor rights in their cotton sourcing.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 15,000 signatures
    2. Human Rights Advocates Detained While Documenting Forced Child Labor

      Last week, two human rights advocates were detained by authorities for taking photographs to document fourth graders in Uzbekistan who were removed from school and forced to pick cotton. Tell Forever 21 to fight this abuse and prohibit Uzbek cotton!

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sophie Hu AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      As a teenager myself, I just find it appalling that children are being forced out of school to help with cotton picking, while Forever 21 is just selling these garments at a high price. Shame on them.

    • Tara Fraser PETALUMA, CA
      • 3 months ago

      We shop there, but want them to be conscious of human rights.

    • Elizabeth Loredo BROOKLYN, NY
      • 3 months ago

      I am about to make some purchases for a niece's birthday and learned about the forced labor issue. Though planning to shop at the Times Square lcale I am now heading to Gap instead. Please change your policies and sources so I can comfortably shop at 21 again!

    • Rachel Portela HARDWICK, NJ
      • 3 months ago

      People are terrible.

      We need to save the children while we can.. care for them, as they should be cared for, and build a better world alongside them.

    • Hannah Bright LANDENBERG, PA
      • 4 months ago

      Using Slaves is wrong! I refuse to purchase from your store until you confirm that you no longer use companies that support slavery


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