Tell Gymboree & Abercrombie to Stop Forced Child Labor!
  • Petitioned Jordan Hitch

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Jordan Hitch
Gymboree
Michael Mayo

Tell Gymboree & Abercrombie to Stop Forced Child Labor!

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      International Labor Rights Forum

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May 2011

Victory

After a long campaign and much pressure from Change.org members, Gymboree has announced that, "Gymboree prohibits the use of cotton sourced from Uzbekistan and textiles produced using Uzbekistan cotton because of Uzbekistan's history of forced child labor." This is the first time Gymboree has made a public commitment to banning Uzbek cotton, which is picked with forced child labor, from its clothing.

Thanks to the thousands of people who signed this petition and convinced Gymboree to make this critical statement against fored child labor.

Despite international condemnation, the government of Uzbekistan is continuing to remove millions of children from schools across the country and forcing them to pick cotton during the current harvest season. Once again, the government is mandating that teachers shut down their classes and force children to meet government-imposed cotton production quotas. 

While over 65 of the world's largest apparel brands and retailers have developed policies related to Uzbek cotton due to the well-documented forced child labor in the country's cotton fields, one company has remained silent. In a sad twist of irony, the children's clothing store Gymboree has refused to support human rights and speak out against forced child labor in the cotton industry.

The forced labor of children will continue in Uzbekistan until companies like Gymboree refuse to support these egregious abuses.  Please take action NOW to tell Gymboree to respect international labor rights in their cotton sourcing.

Your messages are making a difference! Abercrombie and Fitch has announced that it is instituting a policy of banning Uzbek cotton from its supply chain. However, the company has not provided additional information about how it ensures that this policy is effectively implemented through all of its suppliers. Let's keep up the pressure on Gymboree which continues to remain silent on forced, child labor!

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    • Brandi Nixon LIVE OAK, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      I love shopping!! But do not expect to see a dime from me if your organization enables child slavery , which in essence is what this is. Children should be in school not a cotton field working all day, for minimal if any wage.

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    • Amy LaBonte BOCA RATON, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      what are you, living in the dark ages? oh, sorry I forgot, you don't have a conscience. That's right no conscience. Just shameful greed.

      You should be ashamed of yourselves. I hope your families are very ashamed of you, they should be!

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    • Amy LaBonte BOCA RATON, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      what are you, living in the dark ages? oh, sorry I forgot, you don't have a conscience. That's right no conscience. Just shameful greed.

      You should be ashamed of yourselves. I hope your families are very ashamed of you, they should be!

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    • Melissa Vaughn BIRMINGHAM, AL
      • over 3 years ago

      THis is SICKO! American Megacorp's using child labor in 3rd world countries.

      This must stop

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    • Brendan Johnson EL PASO, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      Child slavery is not fashionable, or moral. Do the right thing.

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