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/

Trump Administration Will Enforce Chinese Technology Ban

  • Provisions of a 2018 law will be enforced in August
  • The FBI is opening a new counterintelligence case every 10 hours
  • It bans the federal government from contracting with any company that relies on products, equipment, or services from these five companies listed in the act

China’s ambition to take us down is not a secret. The astonishing amount of threats China imposes to America is diverse and continuing to grow; FBI has their hands full with a over 2,000 active cases.

“We’ve now reached a point where the FBI is now opening a new China-related counterintelligence case every 10 hours. Of the nearly 5,000 active counterintelligence cases currently under way across the country, almost half are related to China.”

-Chris Wray, FBI director

Mr. Wray is the FBI director who spoke to the Hudson Institute in Washington, describing a multi-pronged disruption campaign. He believes China is the “greatest threat” to America.

Here’s the official statement for the ban:

WASHINGTON—The White House says it will strongly enforce a government-wide ban on purchasing any products or services from entities that use technology containing components manufactured by Chinese companies, as provisions of a law passed in 2018 come into force in August.

The Trump administration believes the robust implementation of the new rule is critical to combat the national security and intellectual property threats posed by Chinese technology providers including Huawei and ZTE Corp., according to a senior administration official.

On Aug. 13, 2018, President Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2019, which was approved by Congress with overwhelmingly bipartisan support.

Section 889 of the NDAA has two prohibitions for federal government procurement.

Subsection A, which went into effect in August last year, prohibits federal agencies from purchasing telecommunications equipment, video surveillance equipment, and services from five identified China-based companies—Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision, and Dahua Technology Co.

Subsection B, which will take effect on August 13, is much broader. It bans the federal government from contracting with any company that relies on products, equipment, or services from these five companies listed in the act—unless they get a waiver.

The overwhelming threat of China is largely downplayed by the media

That’s not to say they’ve ignored the problem completely, but instead choose to barely report on it. Like China Targeting US Groups Conducting COVID-19-Related Research, or China’s Capability To Melt U.S. Power Grid With Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon. Instead CNN focuses on emotion driven stories like this one. Obviously racism has no place in our modern society, and we appreciate our Asian Americans who’ve contributed immensely to Americas success and economy. But America needs to be aware of this threat, regardless of political views. This isn’t made up or over-exaggerated propaganda, this stuff is really happening and it’s scary.

Just to name a few more recent investigations;

Is this ban enough to stop it? Probably not

As Patrick Tucker from Defense One states, it won’t be easy. “American technology and the Chinese government are part of an increasingly tangled web, and un-knotting it is no simple task. In some cases, punitive actions toward China have had some success. U.S. sanctions on Huawei prevented the Chinese telecom company from acquiring encryption technology that would have improved the security of the company’s products. This led the British government to consider reversing its plans to allow Huawei into the British telecommunications market.Technology that was somewhat safe for civilian use was now unsafe, thanks in part to U.S. efforts.

In other cases, trying to prohibit or pull U.S. companies out of business deals with China has proven difficult. The Trump administration placed 28 Chinese tech companies on the Commerce Department’s Entity List — effectively a blacklist — in October, in part because of their role in tracking and persecuting Muslims in Xinjiang. But several of these companies are customers of California-based Nvidia, a major maker of graphics processing chips heavily used by the world’s artificial intelligence firms. The blacklisted firms include SenseTime, which creates machine vision technology, and Megvii and Hikvision, which sell facial recognition technology.”

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