BAUER HALTS BURMA SOURCING, CITES HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS
WASHINGTON — Eddie Bauer said Wednesday that it will stop sourcing from Burma, becoming the third apparel maker to do so at the request of human rights groups.
Liz Claiborne and Levi Strauss & Co. previously halted their production in Burma, citing the government’s poor human rights record.
Bauer said human rights concerns that the company’s presence in Burma indirectly led to supporting a military-controlled regime was only part of the reason for pulling out of the country. Concerns about U.S. opposition to trade with Burma, which would threaten the ability for Bauer to ship from the country, also contributed to the company’s decision, the company said. Production in Burma accounts for a small percentage of total Bauer apparel.
During the last eight months, Free Burma groups across the country have been leafleting outside of Bauer stores notifying customers the factory Bauer sources women’s sportswear from in Burma is 45 percent owned by the Burmese military.