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Top Glove responds to NGO statement ‘Authorities should work with civil society to combat human trafficking’

Company clarifies it has never been involved in human trafficking

The company says it had worked diligently to successfully resolve 11 ILO forced labour indicators - TOP GLOVE

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Top Glove wishes to inform that it has never been involved in human trafficking, as erroneously stated in the report “Authorities should work with civil society to combat human trafficking [by Lawyers for Liberty].

The company had worked diligently to successfully resolve the 11 International Labour Organization’s forced labour indicators, as verified by independent international UK consultant, Impactt Limited, in their April 2021 report. Details of these efforts and more can be viewed at this link.

Further, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in acknowledgement of Top Glove having successfully addressed the aforementioned issues, also modified, or lifted, its finding to allow the company to resume exporting gloves manufactured by its Malaysian factories to the US in September 2021. The CBP had issued a media statement on the matter on Sunday, 9 September 2021.  

At a roundtable with Malaysian media on Thursday, 10 February, the deputy executive assistant commissioner of the US CBP’s Office of Trade, John P Leonard, applauded Top Glove’s exemplary efforts and “persistent engagement” with the CBP to successfully address all indicators of forced labour identified at its Malaysian facilities.

As a result of its concerted efforts in the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) spectrum, Top Glove was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) 2021 under the Emerging Markets category, among the top 10% of companies globally in the healthcare equipment and supplies industry category of the index, a boost from 2020, when the company was among the top 19% of its peers. This is the company’s third year running on the prestigious index which is operated by S&P Global, a rating provider that evaluates the world’s leading companies in terms of ESG.

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It was also included in S&P Global’s Sustainability Yearbook 2022, with an Industry Mover distinction, reflecting the company’s achieving the strongest corporate sustainability assessment (CSA) score improvement in its industry.

The company too is a component of the Morgan Stanley Capital International, (MSCI) Global Standard Index, which rates international companies based on performance in ESG aspects.

The company wishes to inform all stakeholders that it remains committed to being an employer of choice to its entire 22,000 workforce through fair and ethical business practices and people-centric policies. – Top Glove

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