KUALA LUMPUR: Top Glove Corp Bhd said it has resolved all 11 International Labour Organisation (ILO) indicators of forced labour.
The biggest glove manufacturer in the world said the resolution of these indicators of forced labour has been verified by independent international UK consultant, Impactt Ltd, through its report dated April 22.
“While the company is pleased to have resolved all the aforementioned ILO indicators of forced labour, we assure our stakeholders of our continued efforts to improve the welfare of our employees, ” Top Glove said in a statement.
“We remain committed to be the best company that we can become to ensure high quality welfare, health, safety, working conditions and living accommodation of our 21,000 strong workforce, ” it added.
Top Glove has since July 2020 hired Impactt to advise on measures for improving the company’s labour policies and practices.
In March 2021, the company said it had five ILO indicators of forced labour that were in the pale yellow category, which indicates “further progress made.”
This is one step away from the green category, which indicates full resolution of the forced labour indicators, it said.
“Towards this, Top Glove has effectively resolved all 11 ILO indicators of forced labour as of April 22, ” Top Glove said.
At the end of last month, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in consultation with the US Secretary of the Treasury had published a forced labour finding against disposable gloves produced by Top Glove.
The CBP alleged then that it had sufficient information to believe that Top Glove uses forced labour in the production of disposable gloves.
In response, Top Glove shortly after then said it would work with the CBP to resolve the allegations of forced labour practices and hope to do so in a swift manner.
The glove maker said then that its US counsels are communicating with the CBP’s representatives to obtain sufficient information to address its findings on forced labour practices in the company.
The glove maker said then it had taken all the necessary measures required by the CBP to ensure all its concerns are addressed.