By Emma Cosgrove
The fate of the ethnic minority community known as the Uighurs in Western China isn't just gaining awareness as a humanitarian crisis — it's also gaining urgency as a potential supply chain risk.
Ryan Lynch, practice director for sustainability at the British Standards Institution, said ignoring the issue would leave the door open for considerable supply risk.
Speaking at the U.S. Fashion Industry Association’s Apparel Importers Trade and Transportation Conference Thursday, Lynch said its time to get serious about the humanitarian crisis that, as governments decide how to best combat it, could cause major supply disruptions for apparel importers, particularly cotton imports.