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Xinjiang cotton and Myanmar jade show human rights pressure on commodities

Ethical consumption trend weighs on demand for exports from troubled regions

Cotton from Xinjiang has fallen out of favor as consumers voice concerns about forced labor.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Human rights now hold great sway over consumer and investor behavior, putting pressure on major brands to avoid materials from problematic regions. This in turn has translated into fresh volatility in certain corners of the commodities market.

Among the most prominent examples is cotton.

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