The National Retail Federation (NRF), the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA), the Retailer Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) put out a joint statement saying that the groups support the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act and other policies that address instances of forced labor.
“Following today’s launch of the NGO Call to Action, the recent publication of several new reports, the signing into law of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act and the release of a business advisory by the U.S. State, Treasury, Homeland Security and Commerce Departments regarding supply chain risk in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), we want to reiterate our continued focus on identifying and eradicating forced labor. A successful solution for all involved, above all the workers themselves, will require state-to-state engagement and collaborative partnerships across government, industry, labor advocacy groups, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders. We again urge our nation’s leaders to immediately establish a multi-stakeholder working group to develop and deploy a collective approach that accurately assesses the problem, identifies constructive solutions to increase transparency and protects both the rights of workers and the integrity of global supply chains,” the statement said.
The groups reiterated that they are committed to working with all key stakeholders on this critically important human rights issue.