The companies Lidl and Hugo Boss are targeted by the complaint of a German NGO. They are accused of encouraging forced labor in China.
The forced labor of Uyghurs has been causing noise for some time. Today brands like Lidl and Hugo Boss are accused of taking advantage of it. MCE TV explains everything from A to Z!
An NGO, located in Berlin, said it had “lodged a complaint against several companies”. And this, for “alleged complicity in crimes against humanity”.
So you will understand, Lidl and Hugo Boss are concerned. But that’s not all. C&A, Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud also. The NGO accuses them of “taking advantage of and complicit in the forced labor of the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang”. And this, directly or indirectly.
Yes, it is true that factories are in this region. However, no one can prove that they use forced labor. “The question is whether maintaining business relationships is not a way to help and encourage these crimes,” wonders the director of the NGO.
Still, the filing of the complaint aims to convince the prosecutor to open an investigation. He could then hold the management of retailers to account. And, thus, educate consumers. It remains to be seen whether Lidl, Hugo Boss, C&A, Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud will dive.
It should be remembered, however, that this is not an isolated case. Uniqlo and Zara have also been at the heart of a “Crimes Against Humanity” investigation for several months. MCE TV tells you more about this case.
According to our colleagues at Insideretail, Lidl has already reacted. A spokesperson for the company said the accusations relate “to old supplier lists.” But also on “past orders and periods”.
He then explained that he practiced “zero tolerance” regarding forced labor. “If we learn of hard facts, we will investigate and take appropriate action. Lidl spokesperson said. Before adding: “In this context, the production facilities were closed. “.
As for Hugo Boss, a member of the team also spoke. “We assume that our values and standards have been upheld in the manufacture of our goods and that there are no violations of the law. We therefore reject any other assertion. “, He explained.
Before adding: “We do not tolerate any form of forced or compulsory labor. Nor any form of modern slavery. “. Either way, we hope it doesn’t hurt them.
Indeed, several Western brands have seen their turnover drop, after suspicion. We can cite H&M, Burberry and Nike. The least we can say is that this case is getting bigger and bigger!
On the side of Beijing, we totally deny the genocide. The camps are even described as pro training centers. The Uyghurs, them, do not hold the same speech. They say they have to work hard. They must also renounce their religious traditions. And you, what do you think of this case in which Lidl and Hugo Boss find themselves?
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