There are well documented reports of widespread and systematic use of forced and child labour in the harvest of cotton in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Syria.
Despite effort of industry organisations, NGOs and socially responsible investors to eliminate this practise there has been little progress. As such, InTheStyle is standing alongside other international brands in banning the use of cotton from these regions in products it sells.
The accurate tracing of the sourcing of raw materials, especially cotton, is extremely difficult and such the request is for suppliers to ensure that they make contact through their own fabric and yarn suppliers to identify the country of origin of the cotton to ensure that is does not contravene this policy. Supporting records should be maintained.
This policy will be reassessed once there is independent evidence that cotton from these countries are no longer harvested using forced or child labour.