Forced labour in Uzbekistan
Lead NCPUnited Kingdom
Supporting NCP(s)United States
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the NGO European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) regarding the activities of Cargill Cotton Ltd operating in Uzbekistan.
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations, General policies
Date1 Dec 2010
Host country(ies)Uzbekistan
Industry sectorAgriculture, forestry and fishing

Read the final statement issued by the UK NCP concluding the specific instance - 11 July 2011

Read the initial assessment issued by the UK NCP - 8 March 2011 

In December 2010, the UK NCP received a request for review by Leigh Day & Co Solicitors, acting on behalf of the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), alleging that Cargill Cotton Limited breached the general policies, and employment and industrial relations provisions of the Guidelines for buying cotton allegedly produced through the systematic use of child and forced labour in Uzbekistan.

The NCP undertook and initial assessment of the specific instance and concluded that it merited further consideration.

The UK NCP appointed an external conciliator-mediator, which chaired a conciliation meeting on 3 June 2011. In the end, mediation was not required as the parties agreed on a mutually acceptable solution to the complaint through conciliation. The parties reached an agreement following discussions which took place between 3 and 24 June 2011, and the NCP duly concluded the specific instance and issued a final statement.