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The US isn’t the only country going after companies accused of having Uyghur forced labor in their Chinese supply chains. The BBC reported that the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) announced its first investigations since it launched its complaint mechanism two years ago. CORE is investigating Nike Canada and mining company Dynasty Gold:

“The agency alleges that Nike Canada Corp has supply relationships with several Chinese companies that an Australian think tank identified as using or benefitting from Uyghur forced labour… 

Nike says they no longer have ties with these companies and provided information on their due diligence practices. According to the report, Nike turned down meetings with the ombudsman, but sent a letter saying ‘we are concerned about reports of forced labour in, and connected to, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR)’.

The mining company [Dynasty Gold] says it does not have operational control over the mine and that these allegations arose after it left the region. Dynasty’s chief executive Ivy Chong told the CBC the initial report was ‘totally unfounded’.”

The article indicates that some of the data on which CORE relied is three years old, potentially reflecting practices and vendor relationships that may well have changed since the Uyghur issue came to the forefront. It also seems like CORE is just getting warmed up – “There were 11 other complaints, besides the ones against Nike and Dynasty Gold, which the watchdog will release reports on soon.”

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Lawrence Heim has been practicing in the field of ESG management for almost 40 years. He began his career as a legal assistant in the Environmental Practice of Vinson & Elkins working for a partner who is nationally recognized and an adjunct professor of environmental law at the University of Texas Law School. He moved into technical environmental consulting with ENSR Consulting & Engineering at the height of environmental regulatory development, working across a range of disciplines. He was one… View Profile