RSN would like to commend BJ’s Wholesale Club for signing the Cotton Pledge and for its continued opposition of the use of forced labor in its supply chain.
BJ’s should also be applauded for making their commitment public via press release and for directly informing its club members. RSN encourages companies to engage in the conversation like BJ’s has to increase awareness of the issue and stress the importance of a continued stand against Uzbek cotton produced with forced labor.
Directing the market away from materials made with forced labor from global supply chains is an arduous task, but it is possible when signatories such as BJ’s join in an industry-wide effort calling for change. With implemented transparency and accountability procedures, each signatory brings us closer to eradicating modern slavery in Uzbekistan.