Chinese apparel manufacturers have often been criticised for not following compliance – which has sometimes landed retailers into trouble.
And now Apple, world’s most admired technology company, has come under heavy criticism from western media, because as per shipping documents, Apple has imported apparels – probably uniforms for staff in stores – from a China-based company facing US sanctions over forced labour at a subsidiary firm in China’s western Xinjiang region.
As per various documents, shipping databases and Esquel, it seems to have mostly focused on uniforms worn by staff in Apple stores.
Recently the US Government imposed sanctions on Changji Esquel Textile for alleged human right violations in the Xinjiang region, including forced labour.
As per the report of The Guardian, “an Apple spokesman said the company had confirmed none of its suppliers currently source cotton from Xinjiang, but declined to comment on whether they had done so in the past.”
Almost 6 years ago, Apple and Esquel agreed to produce more sustainable uniforms using 100 metric tonnes of recycled cotton waste. Esquel shipped around 50,000 units to Arvato Digital Services, a logistics company that works with Apple and, notably, Apple was listed on shipping records as the ‘contact party’.