US to seize Top Glove products over labour abuses

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US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has ordered the seizure of disposable gloves made by Malaysia’s Top Glove.

The order said CBP had sufficient information to believe that Top Glove uses forced labour in the production of disposable gloves.

Top Glove is the world’s largest producer of latex gloves, and exports to 195 countries.

The company has said it has taken extensive actions to improve its labour practices.

“CBP will not tolerate foreign companies’ exploitation of vulnerable workers to sell cheap, unethically-made goods to American consumers,” said Troy Miller from the CBP.

The US had already banned products from two of Top Glove’s subsidiaries in July, but the new ban extends to all disposable gloves from Top Glove factories in Malaysia.

In its July finding, CPD accused Top Glove of debt bondage, excessive overtime and abusive working and living conditions.

Nevertheless, HR Asia recently named the company one of the best companies to work for in Asia in 2020.