We have taken very seriously the reports of human rights abuses amongst the Uyghur and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region. We have revisited the mapping of our cotton supply chain with all our China suppliers, down through all tiers to investigate if there is any evidence of direct or indirect use of forced labour from or within the region.
This has been supported with focused conversations with our suppliers, and targeted visits into China by our regional technical manager. We continue to visit and to review transactional evidence to maintain visibility of cotton purchasing and recruitment policies.
To date we have found no evidence that any of our garment producers are recruiting from the region, however we have found that 2.4% of our cotton is picked, spun and ginned in this region. Whilst these sites are extensively audited and the relevant company has an exemplary record of human rights and compliance, we are committed to exiting this area. From 2021 Q3 onwards we will no longer source from the region.