HONG KONG – Esquel, the textile giant which has been singled out for potential sanctions in US draft legislation regarding forced labour in Xinjiang, has hit back at reports by the Wall Street Journal and Australian Strategic Policy Institute. In a lengthy rebuttal, the business, which produces more than 100 million shirts a year for global fashion brands, repeatedly denied claims that it uses forced labour or any other form of compulsory labour in Xinjiang.
Most notably, the company reaffirmed its commitment to Xinjiang, suggesting, “at Esquel, we are committed to delivering our corporate vision … in Xinjiang as well as in the rest of the world where we operate. We will continue to focus on creating local value, supporting local development and transforming life in Xinjiang as we have done for 25 years.”
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