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Address human rights abuse in supply chains , Japan Textile Federation urges companies

  

The Japan Textile Federation has published new guidelines for companies to pay more attention to human rights abuses in supply chains.

As per a Japan Times report, the guidelines include a checklist for company executives to ensure their supply chains are free of various types of rights abuses, such as forced labor, child labor and harassment.

Specifically, the checklist said that attention needs to be paid to long working hours and delays in wage payments.

The guidelines also said it is important that textile companies make internal rules and human rights policies.

The guidelines came amid allegations of forced labor over cotton production in China’s Xinjiang region.

The government plans to draw up guidelines this summer on human rights due diligence.

The textile industry is lagging behind in addressing human rights abuses. In textile manufacturing in Japan, which is costly compared with foreign rivals, the way in which some foreign technical trainees are treated has raised concerns over human rights abuses.

 
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