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LONDON – Members of the BCI Council, which includes representatives from Levi’s, H&M and Adidas, are stonewalling questions about BCI’s decision to remove a statement from its website condemning the human rights situation in Xinjiang.

BCI published a statement on its website on 21 October 2020 in which it stated that sustained allegations of forced labour and other human rights abuses in Xinjiang had contributed to an untenable operating environment.

However, that statement was swiftly recently moved following a huge backlash by Chinese consumers about Western brands and their decision to ditch Xinjiang cotton.

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