July 7, 2004

Boycott Campaign called off after Sergio Tacchini suspend sourcing from Burma.

The Burma Campaign UK today welcomed news that Sergio Tacchini is to stop sourcing from Burma. The news comes less than a month after the launch of a boycott campaign. In a statement Sergio Tacchini said production would be suspended as of 31 July 2004 due to “the difficult situation in Burma”.

“This is great news,” said Mark Farmaner, Campaigns Officer at the Burma Campaign UK. “Sergio Tacchini joins a growing list of retailers and manufacturers refusing to source from Burma. We will continue to identify and target companies sourcing their clothes there.”

Within hours of the boycott campaign being launched Sergio Tacchini were bombarded with emails from people across the world pledging to boycott the company. JJB sports announced it would withdraw Tacchini stock as it contravened their policy of not stocking clothes from Burma.

Last year two other Italian sportswear companies, Kappa and Lotto, pulled out of Burma following boycott campaigns. Most clothing companies and retailers refuse to source clothing from Burma because of human rights concerns. They include Adidas, Calvin Klein, Nike, Gap, Reebok, Puma, Tesco, M&S and over 100 others.


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