Chinese netizens call for fashion retailer H&M "get out of Chinese market" after it came to light that the company said it has prohibited any type of "forced labor" in its supply chain in Xinjiang, citing so called human right concerns.
In the statement, H&M wrote:
We do not work with any garment manufacturing factories located in XUAR, and we do not source products from this region.
H&M made the decision because it said it had joined BCI's Better Cotton Initiative.
BCI, a global nonprofit organization, announced in October last year that it was suspending all its field activities in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to promote false allegations against the region.
The statement by the H&M Group sparked outrage online: "I will never buy H&M again."
The statement is no longer available on H&M's website, but a PDF of the statement is still available on the website.
HM Group's statement caused public anger and was boycotted by the whole network. Currently, many e-commerce platforms in China have removed HM's related products, and many artists have terminated their cooperation.