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Gap withdraws product after child labour allegations

Fashion chain Gap has withdrawn kidswear from its stores after allegations that it was made using child labour in India.

A 10 year-old boy was reportedly filmed making clothes for Gap shops in Europe and the US, as part of an investigation by the Observer newspaper.

The boy said he had been sold to a factory owner by his family, and worked for four months without pay. Another boy of 12 said children were beaten if bosses thought they were not working hard enough, the paper reported.

Gap said that the only item involved was a girl's smock blouse. Gap North America president Marka Hansen said: “We strictly prohibit the use of child labour. This is a non-negotiable for us and we are deeply concerned and upset by this allegation. As we’ve demonstrated in the past, Gap has a history of addressing challenges like this head-on, and our approach to this situation will be no exception.”

“In 2006, Gap Inc. ceased business with 23 factories due to code violations. We have 90 people located around the world whose job is to ensure compliance with our Code of Vendor Conduct.
As soon as we were alerted to this situation, we stopped the work order and prevented the product from being sold in stores."

Readers' comments (2)

  • I feel that it is extremely important that these brands thoroughly evaluate their vendors (manufacturers) prior to handing over orders. I know of several vendors in Sri Lanka where the employee conditions are fantastic, some of these vendors in developing countries are extremely conscious of social responbility and ethics, and they certainly do not offer the cheapest manufacturing price. However there are other vendors who would offer a attractive price at the cost of tarnishing the brands image by using children or having poor employee conditions.
    Well, as a customer, I would not pay a few pounds less for a garment made by a child.

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  • and only 2 mnths back a Drapers reporter was going on + on about her wonderful Gap t-shirt with little button detail that cost only £3 in the sale (and only saw 8 other people wearing it)...no doubt she also bought and ate a Costa chicken sandwich (which cost the same) using chicken from intensive farms...............but that's ok.. her role is to write about about these things (with a nice secure living wage) not to act in a way that may help to change these injustices.

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