Malaysian glove maker YTY Group has denied charges that disposable gloves were manufactured using forced labor after the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) decided to ban the company’s imports.
CBP recently issued a withholding release order to the YTY Group “on the basis of information reasonably demonstrating the use of forced labor” in its manufacturing operations.
In a statement, the YTY Group stated that it complied with the requirements of the International Labor Organization and provided CBP’s “Comprehensive Progress Report” on its position on social compliance.
Vikram Hora, YTY’s Chief Executive Officer, said:
The CBP claimed to have identified seven of the 11 Forced Labor Indicators of the International Labor Organization during the YTY Group’s investigation. This includes intimidation and intimidation, debt shackles, abusive working and living conditions, and excessive overtime.
Malaysia’s Ministry of Human Resources said on Sunday that it would summon all companies facing a ban on imports from the United States on suspicion of forced labor and discuss immediate action.
Harinder Kaur, Head of Social Compliance and Corporate Governance at YTY, said the company “has never been contacted by CBP on any particular concern and is also informed that YTY is being actively investigated. I didn’t. “
“At every point in our communication with CBP, we emphasized that we welcome our involvement in issues that they would like to consider more deeply. As part of this involvement, we provide all the supporting evidence they need. I’m happy to be able to do it. “
The company has promised a “double effort” to work with CBP and other related stakeholders to demonstrate that manufacturing operations are free of forced labor practices, Hora said.
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, all disposable gloves manufactured in Malaysia by the YTY Group and its units YTY Industry Sdn Bhd, Green Prospect Sdn Bhd, and GP Lumut will be detained at all U.S. ports of entry from January 25. It has been.
Malaysian factories, including major suppliers of palm oil and medical gloves, are under close scrutiny on charges of abuse of migrant workers, who make up a significant portion of the country’s manufacturing workforce.
Malaysia’s Human Resources Minister M. Saravanan said on Sunday that he ordered an immediate investigation of the complaint and warned of harsh actions against companies that failed to improve their practices.
Reuters contributed to this report.