We are most troubled by the reports of mistreatment and coercive labour practices involving Uyghur and other minorities inside and beyond the Xinjiang province of China. Forced labour is a zero-tolerance issue for us and any confirmed instances of forced labour in our supply chain would result in termination of any business relationship with Beechfield Brands Ltd.
We are committed to ensuring that the highest ethical standards are maintained throughout our supply chain and we commission regular, independent third-party audits to provide ongoing assurance that good practice is upheld. At the forefront of our ethical compliance checklist is the need to ensure that no forced labour, or child labour is utilised. We operate a strict zero-tolerance policy towards any form of slavery or human trafficking and take all necessary actions to ensure that our sourcing activities will not contribute to any such violation of basic human rights.
Our multiple suppliers, based in China, Pakistan and India, have all now confirmed that they do not source cotton from Xinjiang. Beechfield Brands is working in partnership with our suppliers and is engaged in industry conversations on traceability and verification tools to ensure that our supply chain continues to have no exposure to Xinjiang cotton.