April 14, 2024

The Workplace of the Canadian Company Duty Ombudsman (OCRE) is launching an investigation into allegations of Uyghur pressured labor in retailer Zara Canada Inc.’s provide chain.

This comes in accordance with a report launched as we speak primarily based on a grievance filed final 12 months.

“The preliminary evaluation report on Zara particulars allegations that the corporate has sourcing relationships with Chinese language corporations identified to make use of or revenue from pressured Uyghur labor,” the ombudsman mentioned in a press launch on Monday.

The group states that Zara fully denies the allegation and subsequently considers the grievance inadmissible “as a result of the allegations of human rights violations don’t come up from its enterprise actions.”

Zara claims to have “no enterprise relationship with any manufacturing facility within the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Area,” it mentioned.

The Canadian Company Duty Ombudsman launched its report on Zara on Monday. Canadian Company Duty Ombudsman

Uyghur pressured labor

For his or her half, the plaintiffs declare that Zara truly has a provide relationship with three Chinese language corporations which are accused of “exploiting or making the most of the pressured labor of Uyghurs,” as described by the Australian Strategic Coverage Institute and the Helena Kennedy Heart for Worldwide Justice.

“Zara Canada Inc. has relationships or connections in its provide chain with Huafu Prime Dyed Melange Yarn Co. Ltd., Shandong Zoucheng Guosheng and Xinjiang Zhongtai Group (collectively, the “Chinese language Firms”), plaintiffs allege.”

-Extra particulars to come back…