Levi Strauss Leaves Board of Better Cotton Initiative

Levi Strauss & Co. enters the activewear market. Shutterstock.

Denim maker Levi Strauss & Co is standing down from the Better Cotton Initiative’s leadership, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Earlier this year, the group and its members came under fire in China after they raised concerns about alleged forced labour in Xinjiang.

Members of the coalition remain torn over how and when to respond to the Chinese attacks, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the debate.

Levi and BCI did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comments.

By Praveen Paramasivam; Editor: Maju Samuel

Learn more:

What the Latest Clampdown on Xinjiang Cotton Means for Fashion

New policies on both sides of the Atlantic mean businesses will likely have to prove their supply chains do not pass through the Chinese region, where the reported detention of Uighurs in forced labour camps is rife.

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