Gap: Cotton from Uzbekistan

In Uzbekistan, one of the largest cotton exporters in the world, the government forces over a million citizens to cultivate and pick cotton each year.1 Although Gap has signed the Cotton Pledge2 to “not knowingly source Uzbek cotton for the manufacturing of any of our products until the Government of Uzbekistan ends the practice”, it has not implemented the recommendations in in the Daewoo Protocol, meaning the risk of forced labour remains.3


  1. Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights (2014): http://uzbekgermanforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Forced-Labor-in-Uzbekistan-Report-2013.pdf (accessed 24.09.2014) []
  2.  Responsible sourcing network (2012):www.sourcingnetwork.org/the-cotton-pledge/ to (accessed 24.09.2014) []
  3. Cotton Campaign (2014): www.cottoncampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/DaewooProtocol.pdf (accessed 24.09.2014) []