Help Urban Outfitters Inc. change suppliers to stop forced labor and unruly conditions!

Help Urban Outfitters Inc. change suppliers to stop forced labor and unruly conditions!

0 have signed. Let’s get to 100!
At 100 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!
Melannie Schob started this petition to consumers and

As teens, we all love our clothes. It's how we express ourselves and makes up a big part of our physical image. We go shopping to our favorite stores with our favorite brands, and fall in love with how cute that shirt looks on us. Most of the time we're blinded by how "cute" or "pretty" clothes are that we never stop to think about what it must have gone through to look so nice. We don't consider how the clothing was made or where it came from, and just automatically buy it for it's looks. Yeah, that shirt may look pretty, but what happened behind the scenes to make it is most likely the opposite. 

One of the most popular clothing brands for teens is Urban Outfitters, and the process for making their clothes is definitely not pretty. For one thing, one of the biggest suppliers in their supply chain is for cotton; the Uzbekistan Cotton Industry. In this industry, workers are arguably working under a form of modern slavery. Every fall over one million citizens in Uzbekistan, including young children, are required to up to 12 hours a day on their cotton fields. In addition, workers are expected to work for free or for very little pay, and are punished with arrest or high fines if they refuse to do so. Uzbekistan is currently the world's fifth largest exporter of cotton, trailing only the United States, India, Australia and Brazil. Some of you may have already heard of the Uzbek epidemic, and if so most likely heard that most other popular brands have stopped using Uzbek cotton as a supplier when these unruly conditions got out. What you don't know is that Urban Outfitters is one of the very few popular clothing companies that still hasn't signed a pledge to “stop child and forced adult labor” in Uzbekistan (over 131 other companies have signed). Not only that, but Urban is currently doing very well financially and has more than enough support to change cotton suppliers, while other companies are not and still switched suppliers. 

Going beyond cotton, the making of the actual clothes is also very unethical. Urban Outfitters carry a line of vintage and upcycled products called Urban Renewal, but they use very few eco-friendly materials in their main collections. In addition, there's no evidence of minimizing or eliminating hazardous chemicals across their supply chain, and they failed to produce proper policies to deal with water usage and wastewater management. They also use leather and wool from unknown sources, which can’t guarantee the wellbeing of the animals or workers. 

Overall, Urban is doing barely anything to help the workers, the environment, or animals in their supply chain, making them have a low ethics rating. Moreover, there’s no evidence that their upholding or enforcing their policies in the supply chain. We need you to think about the suffering that's happening behind the making of your favorite clothes and fight for a change! Sign this petition now to help make a difference! 

0 have signed. Let’s get to 100!
At 100 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!