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OTTAWA – The Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) has launched an independent investigation into allegations of Uyghur forced labour in the supply chain of fashion company, Zara Canada Inc. (Zara).

The decision follows the completion of an initial assessment report on the subject. The report relates to a complaint filed by a coalition of 28 civil society organisations in June 2022.

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The Zara Initial Assessment report details the allegation that the company has supply relationships with Chinese companies identified as using or benefitting from the use of Uyghur forced labour. Zara denies the allegation, stating that the complaint is inadmissible because the alleged human rights abuses do not arise from its operations. It claims to have no commercial relationship with any factory in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

This report is the ninth report published by the CORE and the eighth investigation launched by the CORE related to allegations of Uyghur forced labour in the supply chains and operations of Canadian companies filed by a coalition of 28 civil society organisations. Further Initial Assessment reports will be published in the coming weeks.

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