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Tell Urban Outfitters to STOP Forced Child Labor in Cotton!

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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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

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