How “Woke” Businesses are Benefiting From Labor Camps in China


The picture above is sourced from Robcounts

A newly released report from March, 2020 caught our eyes. It was an in-depth look into the realities of forced labor camps in China. The report states;

Uyghurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Huawei, Nike, Samsung, Sony and Volkswagen.”

The report goes on to use three different case studies:

  • In the first case study, a factory in eastern China that manufactures shoes for US company Nike is equipped with watchtowers, barbed-wire fences and police guard boxes.
  • The second case study was on another eastern province factory claiming to supply sportswear for multinational companies Adidas and Fila.
  • In the third case study, we identify several Chinese factories making components for Apple and/or their suppliers by using Uyghur labor.

Nike is the same company that temporarily severed ties with the Washington Redskins and virtue signaled by using Colin Kaepernick as the face of their brand. It would appear that their moral compass only works when a particular issue is in the public eye. The same can be said about Apple, and their brave statement on recent racial tensions in America. Thank you Apple for disavowing racism!

I could go on and list more examples but frankly their are too many to pick. I believe companies should stay out of the political discussion in general. Especially if they themselves, have engaged in morally questionable business practices.

The following is a list of companies that have directly or indirectly benefited from the use of Chinese forced labor:

  • Abercrombie & Fitchcer
  • Adidas
  • Alstom
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • ASUS
  • BAIC Motor
  • BMW
  • Bombardier
  • Bosch
  • BYD
  • Calvin Klein
  • Candy
  • Carter’s
  • Cerruti 1881
  • Changan Automobile
  • Cisco
  • CRRC
  • Dell
  • Electrolux
  • Fila
  • Founder Group
  • GAC Group
  • Gap
  • Geely Auto
  • General Motors
  • Google
  • Goertek
  • H&M
  • Haier
  • Hart Schaffner Marx
  • Hisense
  • Hitachi
  • HP
  • HTC
  • Huawei
  • iFlyTek
  • Jack & Jones
  • Jaguar, Japan Display Inc.
  • L.L.Bean
  • Lacoste
  • Land Rover
  • Lenovo
  • LG
  • Li-Ning
  • Mayor
  • Meizu
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • MG
  • Microsoft
  • Mitsubishi
  • Mitsumi
  • Nike
  • Nintendo
  • Nokia
  • The North Face
  • Oculus
  • Oppo
  • Panasonic
  • Polo Ralph Lauren
  • Puma,
  • Roewe
  • SAIC Motor
  • Samsung,
  • SGMW,
  • Sharp
  • Siemens
  • Skechers
  • Sony
  • TDK
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Toshiba
  • Tsinghua
  • Tongfang
  • Uniqlo
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Vivo
  • Volkswagen
  • Xiaomi
  • Zara
  • Zegna
  • ZTE

The full study can be found here: https://www.aspi.org.au/report/uyghurs-sale

The cartoon is sourced from here: https://stakeholderxiv.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/just-think-about-it-utilitarian-ethics-behind-nikes-questionable-corporate-comeback/

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