“Sedert daardie tyd, Top Glove has provided additional information to CBP
, which CBP believes establishes by satisfactory evidence that the subject disposable gloves are no longer mined
, or manufactured in any part with forced labor
,” the department said in a verklaring
Top Glove shares rose as much as 10% in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, before paring some gains.
In 'n verklaring
, the company said that it wished to
“express its utmost appreciation to CBP for its responsiveness in modification of the finding.
“Top Glove remains committed to the health, safety and well being of its people,” dit het bygevoeg.
Top Glove gesê in April that it had
“opgelos” issues related to forced labor
, such as the retention of identity documents
, the intimidation of workers
, and physical and sexual violence
The company said that it had used standards issued by the International Labour Organization as guidelines, and that an independent consultant in the United Kingdom had verified its progress.
Top Glove, which employs some 22,000 people and churns out about 100 billion gloves a year, is one of Malaysia’s best known companies. The firm has benefited enormously from the demand for gloves during the coronavirus pandemic, alongside its local rivals.
This heightened demand has put a spotlight on how the suppliers treat their workers, particularly foreign staff recruited from neighboring countries.
This spring, labor rights activist Andy Hall called the CBP decision to seize imports from Top Glove “a wake-up call” for the rest of Malaysia’s rubber gloves industry.
“Much more needs to be done to combat the systemic forced labor of foreign workers that remains endemic in factories across Malaysia,” het hy destyds gesê.
— Diksha Madhok contributed to this report.