RBA Statement on Recent Report Related to Ethnic Minority Workers in China

March 13, 2020

The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) is committed to upholding the labor rights of workers in supply chains throughout the world. On March 1, 2020 the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) released a report alleging that forced labor of Uyghur minority citizens in China has been introduced into the supply chains of international brands across multiple industries, including electronics.

The RBA takes this situation very seriously and has been closely following developments. We have been in contact with RBA members and can report that companies are conducting due diligence and investigations in their supply chains. We are working with our member companies to conduct rigorous due diligence in line with international standards and by leveraging the collective expertise of members and outside expert groups. The RBA will continue to thoroughly review the allegations in the report and address findings.

The RBA also continues to meet with government representatives, members of the business community, and other stakeholders to better understand the situation and act collaboratively to find solutions while avoiding unintended consequences for the workers in global supply chains.

 

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