Esprit cuts Myan­mar ties due to al­leged hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion of Myan­mar mil­i­tary

Mizzima Business Weekly - - BUSINESS ALERTS -

Global fash­ion brand Esprit said it would no longer source from a gar­ment fac­tory lo­cated in an in­dus­trial park linked to Myan­mar's mil­i­tary in a re­cent United Na­tions re­port, while other brands, in­clud­ing H&M and Best­seller, said they would look into the sit­u­a­tion, re­ported Nikkei Asian Re­view. Sup­plier lists dis­closed by cloth­ing com­pa­nies re­vealed sev­eral fa­mous brands sourc­ing from fac­to­ries in­side two in­dus­trial zones that are owned by mil­i­tary con­glom­er­ate Myan­mar Eco­nomic Hold­ings Ltd, re­ported the Nikkei. The U.N.'s In­ter­na­tional Fact-Find­ing Mis­sion on Myan­mar, which re­leased the re­port, also iden­ti­fied Myan­mar Wise-Pa­cific Ap­parel Yan­gon Co. as a joint ven­ture be­tween Myan­mar Eco­nomic Hold­ings Ltd and South Korea's Pan-Pa­cific Co, a link vis­i­ble in busi­ness records avail­able on­line. The Fact-Find­ing Mis­sion re­port de­tailed an ex­ten­sive busi­ness em­pire con­trolled by Myan­mar's mil­i­tary, which al­legedly com­mit­ted bru­tal op­er­a­tions against eth­nic mi­nori­ties. The United Na­tions urged in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies to cut ties with mil­i­tary-linked busi­nesses. Esprit told the Nikkei it has in­ves­ti­gated its sup­ply chain and will sever ties with the fac­tory in­side Ngwe Pin­lae from which it sources, Per­fect Gains Gar­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ing. Esprit said that it would be tak­ing im­me­di­ate ac­tion by stop­ping all fu­ture or­ders made to the Per­fect Gains fac­tory in Myan­mar, re­ported the Nikkei.

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