Tell Urban Outfitters to STOP Forced Child Labor in Cotton!
  • Petitioned Wendy Wurtzburger

This petition was delivered to:

Co-President, Anthropologie
Wendy Wurtzburger
President, Free People
Margaret Hayne
Co-President, Anthropologie
Wendy McDevitt
Urban Outfitters
Ed Loomis
President, Urban Outfitters
Richard Hayne
Director, Urban Outfitters
Oona McCullough
CEO, Urban Outfitters
Glen Senk

Tell Urban Outfitters 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, Urban Outfitters, which also owns the brands Anthropologie, Free People, BHLDN, Leifsdottir and Terrain, has remained silent. 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, Urban Outfitters has refused to support human rights and speak out against forced child labor in the cotton industry, unlike its competitors like Abercrombie & Fitch, Levi’s and the Gap.

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 Urban Outfitters to respect international labor rights in their cotton sourcing.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Shayna Howlett IRVINE, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Personally, I love shopping at Urban Outfitters. Not only is this one of the only clothing stores other than a thrift shop that fits my style, but you sell awesome books and other paraphernalia. However, since discovering that Urban Outfitters allows child labor practices, I have lost my integrity in the brand and my loyalty to the stores (this includes Anthropology and Free People). Hopefully the brand can turn itself around and begin addressing the key issues far more vital to me than my taste, or else I will be forced to end my consumption of their products. Thank you

      • almost 2 years ago

      Practices like this should be stopped and people need to be made aware of what these companies are up to.

    • Mina Nitz LINCOLN, NE
      • almost 2 years ago

      Forced slavery isn't good. Consensual slavery is better. Let the children choose if they want to work at picking cotton or go to school. Let them make their own choices. Meanwhile, stop using goods that are made through forced slavery.

    • Christie Garrison COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      it's wrong, everyone knows it, we have to boycott some corporations (people really) who choose $ over integrity and respect for all humans

    • Deanne Kapnik DENVER, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      Of course it's important, and ESPECIALLY with the image of Urban Outfitters ...


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