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Suspicion of forced labor at auto suppliers

The consulting firm Horizon has linked the production of aluminum in the Xinjiang region with forced labor. Should the report be accurate, it could have a severe impact on the German automotive industry, which sources primary products made from this metal from Chinese suppliers. According to Horizon, eight leading aluminum producers may benefit from “labor transfers” from the Xinjiang construction and production corps. That is according to government and company documents. However, the consulting firm explicitly states that it has no hard evidence of the use of forced labor.

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