|Child labour in Uzbekistan|
|Supporting NCP(s)||None Selected|
|Description||Specific instance notified by the NGOs SHERPA (France) and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR, Germany), regarding the activities of Devcot, a French multinational enterprise operating in Uzbekistan.|
|Theme(s)||Employment and industrial relations, General policies|
|Date||22 Oct 2010|
In October 2010, the French NCP received a request for review from the NGOs SHERPA (France) and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR, Germany) alleging that Devcot, a French multinational enterprise in the textile sector, was breaching the general policies, and employment and industrial relations provisions of the Guidelines by purchasing cotton allegedly produced through the systematic use of child labour in Uzbekistan.
The French NCP provided its good offices though a long dialogue with the parties. The NCP held that the trade in goods produced from forced child labour constitutes a violation of the Guidelines, but acknowledged that Devcot has not purchased any Uzbek cotton in the last few years and does not intend to trade in Uzbekistan until child labour has ended.