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Big fashion labels 'ignoring Chinese suppliers' dirty practices': NGOs

Published on Oct 9, 2012 10:19 AM

HONG KONG - More than 20 of the world's biggest fashion brands have been slammed by Chinese environmentalists for ignoring the pollution practices of their alleged Chinese textile suppliers.

The environmentalists have called some of the brands, including Marks & Spencer, Disney, JC Penney, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, the worst examples of social responsibility by multinational companies in China, Hong Kong newspaper South China Moring Post reported on Tuesday.

Five major non-governmental organisations in China said, in a report released in Beijing on Monday, that their appeals to those international fashion brands to check up on and discipline their polluting suppliers in the Chinese textile industry had been repeatedly ignored.

The environmental NGOs, including Friends of Nature, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Green Beagle Institute, EnviroFriends and the Nanjing-based Green Stone, released a similar report in April with a list of 33 "irresponsible" brands. While about a third of them took action to address the issues, the rest did not respond.

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