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News from John Lewis and The Bay Stores

November 24, 2016 22:59

16th Jan 11

Leading UK department store John Lewis has stopped stocking products manufactured in an illegal settlement in the Holy Land. The company has confirmed that it discontinued sales of Ahava Dead Sea products.

John Lewis’ Managing Director, Andy Street, wrote in a letter to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign on 7 January: "As a socially responsible retailer, John Lewis takes very seriously the treatment of workers and their working conditions. We expect all our suppliers not only to obey the law, but also to respect the rights, interests and well-being of their employees, their communities and the environment."

He ended by stating: "In relation to your specific enquiry about Ahava Dead Sea products, I can confirm that John Lewis has ceased stocking these particular products".

The Bay stores, a leading department store chain in Canada have also stopped selling the products. Bonnie Brooks, CEO of The Bay stores said on Friday: "the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) discontinued sales of Ahava beauty products, primarily because of sales results which had been declining for several years."

She added: "Although this decision was made by HBC solely for commercial reasons, it occurred at the same time as an aggressive campaign by several groups advocating a boycott of Ahava products."

Sarah Colborne, from the PSC, explained: "Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories, an Israeli cosmetics company, has its manufacturing plant and visitors’ centre based in the illegal Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Shalem in the West Bank. The company is 44 per cent owned by Mitzpe Shalem and another settlement, Kalia, so Ahava’s profits subsidise these illegal colonies.

In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for international boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel. PSC launched its national boycott campaign in 2002, and supports fortnightly protests outside Ahava’s store in Covent Garden, London.

For more information see: http://www.stolenbeauty.org/

November 24, 2016 22:59

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