BT probes claims equipment supplier Huawei has been linked to modern slavery in China
BT is probing claims that controversial equipment supplier Huawei has been linked to slavery in China.
The telecoms giant’s probe comes after researchers claimed subcontractors were using Muslim workers in factories where ‘conditions strongly suggested forced labour’.
Similar conditions were found in the supply chains of firms including Apple, BMW, Gap, Nike, Sony and Volkswagen, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute said.
BT’s probe comes after researchers claimed Huawei subcontractors were using Muslim workers in factories where ‘conditions strongly suggested forced labour’
BT was urged to look into the allegations by Tory MP Bob Seely, a vocal opponent of the Government’s decision to let Huawei supply kit to the UK’s 5G mobile network.
BT said: ‘Forced labour is never acceptable in our own operations or suppliers, and we have engaged with Huawei in connection with these allegations.’
The claims have emerged after China was accused of persecuting Muslim minorities, forcing them to live in concentration camps. It is thought up to 1m people have been detained.
Huawei said: ‘We require all suppliers to comply with international standards and laws. We have read the report and are looking into the matter.’