Tell the Children’s Place to Stop Forced Child Labor in Cotton!
  • Petitioned Jane Elfers

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Jane Elfers
Jane Singer
Supply Chain Officer
Mark Rose

Tell the Children’s Place to Stop Forced Child Labor in Cotton!

    1. Petition by

      International Labor Rights Forum

July 2011


After hundreds of members contacted The Children's Place about its policies related to forced child labor in cotton from Uzbekistan, the company has confirmed that it instructs its suppliers not to use Uzbek cotton, joining scores of other companies who have made similar commitments. Jane Singer, Vice President of Investor and Media Relations at The Children's Place commented, "The Children's Place commends the efforts to end forced child labor in Uzbekistan and will continue to do everything we can to support these efforts."

Thanks to the hundreds of people who signed this petition and encourages The Children's Place to be transparent about its efforts to address forced child labor.


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, the Children’s Place, one of the biggest children’s clothing retailers in the country has remained silent. The Children’s Place has a policy against using child and forced labor, but it 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, the Children’s Place has refused to support human rights and speak out against forced child labor in the cotton industry, unlike its top competitors like the Gap and Gymboree. 

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


Recent signatures


    1. Forced Child Labor Still in Kids Clothing

      Children in Uzbekistan are removed from school and forced to pick cotton, which is used to make clothing for more privileged children. It's time The Children's Place banned Uzbek cotton.

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. New post about the campaign!

      Check out a new post about why the Children's Place must step up and prohibit cotton produced by forced child labor in Uzbekistan from its clothing!

    4. Reached 25 signatures
    5. Will the Children's Place Stop Forced Child Labor in its Cotton?

      When it comes to your child's clothing, would you want it to be tainted by the forced labor of other children? One of the world's largest cotton producing countries, Uzbekistan, has a long standing policy of removing children from school and forcing...

    6. Reached 5 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sara Feldman ANN ARBOR, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      Even if you didn't sell children's clothing, it would still be wrong to profit in this way from child labor! I think I'm just going to do handmade baby gifts this year.

    • Isabelle Sawyer MONTRéAL, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      As long as you won't commit to respect child's rights in Uzbekistan, I will boycott your products.

    • ramsaran maharajh CLIFFSIDE PARK, NJ
      • over 3 years ago

      It;s not fitting . just the thought of it.

      remember we have alternatives.

    • Max Waller PACOIMA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      This is not the 1800s prove you care about children not money.

    • laurie Milam SPRINGFIELD, MO
      • over 3 years ago

      Shame on those who exploit precious children in ANY way, for ANY reason!! If Children's Place refuses to speak out against forced child labour in the cotton industry, I'm never shopping there ever again!!!


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