Update: According to the New York Times, Lacoste, along with Adidas, has pledged to stop using any suppliers from Xinjiang – See here for details.
According to the Financial Times, Lacoste is among a group of companies that is accused of buying from a Chinese vendor facing US sanctions for using forced labor from Xinjiang:
Western brands including Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers and Lacoste have recently taken apparel shipments from a Chinese group whose subsidiary is facing US sanctions over alleged forced labour in Xinjiang. Shipping records show one of the group’s companies dispatched large orders of men’s and women’s shirts, pullovers and jackets to big brands in the US as recently as last month.
Lacoste had not responded to this accusation at the time of publishing. See the Financial Times for more details.
Earlier in the year, we reported on Lacoste being accused of using forced Uighur labor in China to produce gloves. Now, according to Glossy, Lacoste has joined Adidas in pledging to removed all forced Uighur labor from their Chinese supply chain:
On June 27, Lacoste became the second brand, following Adidas, to “agree to cease all activity with suppliers and subcontractors” implicated in a recent report exposing forced Uighur labor. The campaign, which was started by EU Parliament member Raphaël Glucksmann, is directed at 83 companies named to be directly or indirectly benefiting from forced labor based on a March 2020 report by the Australian government-funded think tank, the Australia Strategic Policy Institute. An estimated 1 to 2 million Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim group based primarily in China’s Xinjiang province, have been subject to mass detention in Xinjiang. Recent reports have stated that Uighur women are being subjected to compulsory sterilizations, abortions and birth control, a practice which Uighur exile groups say falls under the UN definition of genocide.
Lacoste has used Youngor Textile Holdings as a supplier, and that company has been accused of using forced labor. Read more at Glossy.
On March 20th, Lacoste announced the reopening of a Le Club duty free store in Singapore Changi Airport Terminal Two. The company says the 700 square foot store aims to “offer a premium shopping experience to local and international travelers.”
Currently operating more than 170 travel retail boutiques worldwide, Lacoste is looking to strengthen and expand its DF&TR business into new geographical areas and develop new channels such as cruise and online.
It is also exploring new ways of connecting with consumers before, during and after trips.
Read more at https://www.trbusiness.com/regional-news/asia-pacific/lacoste-reopens-singapore-changi-travel-retail-store-in-terminal-2/186637.