Carter's: Stop Forced Child Labor in Cotton
  • Petitioned Charles Whetzel Jr.

This petition was delivered to:

Executive VP, Carter's
Charles Whetzel Jr.
CEO, Carter's
Michael Casey
Executive VP, Carter's
Lisa Fitzgerald
Senior VP of Legal & Corporate Affairs, Carter's
Brendan Gibbons

Carter's: Stop Forced Child Labor in Cotton

    1. Petition by

      International Labor Rights Forum

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July 2011

Victory

Once again, Change.org readers have successfully encouraged a major clothing brand to publicly oppose the government of Uzbekistan's use of forced child labor in its cotton. A statement released today by Carter's (which also owns Osh Kosh B'Gosh), notes that "because of the systemic, government-sanctioned use of forced child labor in the harvesting of cotton in Uzbekistan, Carter's prohibits the use of any cotton from Uzbekistan in our products.  Historically, we advised our vendors of our prohibition against the use of Uzbek cotton and have required that they certify such non-use.  Going forward, we are taking steps to go more deeply into our supply chain to better ensure compliance... Carter's will continue to prohibit the use of Uzbek cotton in our supply chain until the government of Uzbekistan ends the practice of forced child labor and allows the independent verification by the International Labor Organization."

 

Thanks to the hundreds of people who signed this petition and encouraged Carter's to be transparent about its efforts to address forced child labor.

 

Here is the full statement from Carter's:

Carter's takes very seriously its social responsibility to ensure that the highest ethical standards are upheld throughout our supply chain.  While we recognize and respect the variety of cultural and legal environments in which our vendors operate, there are some standards, such as child and forced labor, on which Carter's will not compromise.  To do business with us, our vendors must adhere to our Social Responsibility Policy, notwithstanding any local custom or law.

 

Because of the systemic, government-sanctioned use of forced child labor in the harvesting of cotton in Uzbekistan, Carter's prohibits the use of any cotton from Uzbekistan in our products.  Historically, we advised our vendors of our prohibition against the use of Uzbek cotton and have required that they certify such non-use.  Going forward, we are taking steps to go more deeply into our supply chain to better ensure compliance.  Additionally, in an effort to persuade the government of Uzbekistan to end the practice of forced child labor, we have partnered with other international stakeholders and signed the Uzbekistan Cotton Pledge created by the Responsible Sourcing Network.  We are hopeful this broad coalition can help end the use of forced child labor in Uzbekistan.

Carter's will continue to prohibit the use of Uzbek cotton in our supply chain until the government of Uzbekistan ends the practice of forced child labor and allows the independent verification by the International Labor Organization.

 

 

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, Carter’s, one of the biggest children’s clothing retailers in the country has remained silent while its top competitors like The Children’s Place, Gap and Gymboree have all taken action. Carter’s 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.

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

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Progress! Carter's Engages with ILRF on Uzbek Cotton

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Carter's has responded to Facebook messages asking them to ban Uzbek cotton, stating they are working on getting a policy up on their website shortly.

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Children's Place Victory! Will Carter's Stop Forced Child Labor in Cotton?

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      In just under two weeks, hundreds of Change.org readers successfully convinced The Children's Place, the major children's clothing brand, to be more transparent about its policies related to the widespread use of forced child labor in Uzbekistan's...

    5. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jeanene Headlee TUCSON, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am a foster mom of infants and my babies only wear 100% cotton clothing. I have used Carter's as my first choice of baby clothing for three decades. I will not purchase another item under the Carter's or B'Gosh labels until Carter's makes changes to prevent Forced Child Labor in the manufacturing of their products. I will also inform others of my decision and encourage them to take part in this boycott.

      Please, for humanity's sake, do not use Forced Child Labor to make your products.

      Jeanene Headlee

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    • Julie Unruh LAWRENCE, KS
      • almost 3 years ago

      Children are suppose to have a childhood, not forced into adulthood unknowingly.

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    • Michele Hamilton MERRIMACK, NH
      • almost 3 years ago

      as long as corporations can maximize profits by shipping jobs overseas where such conditions exist, we ennable these corporations by allowing them to do so.

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    • Jocelynne Sylvester ROCKLAND, ME
      • almost 3 years ago

      Wow...not sure I want to buy Carters anymore..

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    • Shanna thorndyke DAVENPORT, IA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am so mad on how little they get payed to do this the we turn around and pay gymboree 25 dollars for a kids shirt!

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