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