South Korea-based Daewoo International has been targeted by protestors demanding the company cease sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan over forced labour concerns.
In early July, protestors outside Daewoo’s headquarters in Seoul delivered a petition signed by nearly 230,000 people from more than 190 countries demanding the multinational corporation stop profiting from forced labour of children and adults in Uzbekistan.
Daewoo is the largest processor of cotton in Uzbekistan, where the Uzbek government requires more than 1m children and adults to grow and harvest cotton each year.
This action is part of a two-year campaign demanding Daewoo cease purchases of cotton in Uzbekistan until the Uzbek government stops its use of forced labour in the cotton harvest.
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