According to CGTN reports, in October 2020, the Swiss Better Cotton Development Association (BCI) announced the indefinite cancellation of guarantee certification for all Xinjiang cotton companies, putting Xinjiang cotton products on the “blacklist” of international trade.
After the Chinese people denounced and boycotted member brands such as BCI and H&M this year, BCI secretly removed this statement that caused an uproar from the shelves…
The reporter entered the BCI official website based on the original statement link and found that the original statement content was “missing” and no corresponding results were displayed after searching the website.
Regarding the specific deletion time of this statement, the reporter noticed that the famous textile and clothing professional media “Ecotextile News” (Ecotextile News) reported on March 29 I noticed this news today.
China’s resistance to accusations of forced labor in China’s cotton industry continues to bear fruit, with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) apparently removing a key statement from its website, reports say (Statement alleging forced labor in China). BCI said this was because its website had been “attacked” multiple times.
Netizen: Where is your confidence?
“Is there no apology statement?”
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“It will be fine if it is removed from the shelves? Naive!”
According to today’s news on China International Television’s official Weibo, in October 2020, the development of Swiss Better Cotton The BCI announced that all Xinjiang cotton companies will cancel their guarantee certification indefinitely, putting Xinjiang cotton products on the “blacklist” of international trade. After the Chinese people denounced and boycotted member brands such as BCI and H&M this year, BCI secretly removed the statement that caused an uproar…
In fact, before this, BCI A press release was issued in October 2020 and re-edited in March 2021, which claimed that “forced labor” and other “human rights violations” existed in Xinjiang, which was not in line with the organization’s standards of conduct and required Process immediately by revoking or denying the BCI license. Since March 2020, BCI has suspended the issuance of licenses in Xinjiang, so high-quality cotton in Xinjiang no longer obtains BCI licenses.
Screenshot of BCI official press release
But it is worth noting that on March 1, 2021 , the WeChat public account “BCI Better Cotton” (the account owner is the Shanghai Representative Office of the Swiss Better Cotton Development Association) issued another important statement on Xinjiang issues.
The statement stated: The BCI China project team strictly complies with BCI’s audit principles and has conducted second-party credibility audits and third-party verifications on Xinjiang project sites over the years since 2012. , never found a single incident of forced labor.
Screenshot of WeChat public account “BCI Better Cotton” (March 1, 2021)
Delisting statement whether this move Representing the official intention of BCI headquarters, no more clear information has been released since the statement. But this allows us to see a scene of extremely magical reality. On one side, European and American politicians are smearing Xinjiang for no reason.However, BCI’s China representative office is eager to clear Xinjiang’s name.
▲Schematic diagram of the Swiss “Better Cotton Development Association” (Visual China)
BCI (Better Cotton Initiative) stands for “Better Cotton Development Association” and claims to be the world’s largest non-profit organization for sustainable cotton development. It has formulated relevant standards and requires members to use cotton that they believe meets the standards in order to use the BCI logo. In addition to the so-called “environmental standards”, BCI advocates the so-called “promotion of decent work.” The organization had previously fabricated lies about the existence of “forced labor” in Xinjiang cotton production to block Xinjiang cotton. </p