Malaysian company Top Glove says it resolved all forced labour indicators


Malaysia’s Top Glove Corporation said it has resolved all 11 forced labour indicators issued by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in its operations, citing a report by an independent consultant.

The world’s largest rubber glove manufacturer said the resolution of the 11 ILO indicators of forced labour had been verified by independent UK consultant, Impactt Ltd, in its report dated April 22.

Top Glove appointed London-based Impactt to assess its trade, human rights and labour practices after the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in 2020 placed products of two of its units on an import ban due to suspicion of forced labour.

Impactt said it had “no longer” found indicators of systemic forced labour within the group as of January, and that the company was making progress on other indicators such as the retention of identity documents, abusive working and living conditions.

But last month, the United States extended its ban to all disposable gloves originating in Top Glove factories in Malaysia, saying it had sufficient information to determine labour abuses at the company.

Top Glove has said its glove production has been hit because of the US ban. (Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation)