The National Retail Federation (NRF) has been calling for a boycott of textiles retailer Knoll Textiles, which is located just a few miles from the headquarters of President Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, the NRF wrote in a letter to the retailer that the boycott was necessary because of its alleged links to the “unethical practices of the Woolworths Corporation and the Royal Commission into Trade Practices (RCPT).”
“We believe that a boycott is necessary to send a clear message that consumers will not stand for the unethical practices of companies who profit from exploitation of workers and consumers,” the letter said.
In its letter to Knoll, the federation said the company “supports and promotes the exploitation of migrant workers.”
The boycott is also a sign that the NRFF wants to pressure Knoll to end its alleged ties to the Royal commission.
“We are calling on Knoll and the other retailers that have signed on to the boycott to immediately pull their products from Knoll’s website and stop supporting the RCTP and its investigation into the Woolies corporation,” the NRFA said in the letter.
The Royal commission, which was set up by the late King George VI to investigate the Woolie Corporation, is investigating Woolies conduct after a whistleblower accused Woolies of “systematic” wage theft.
The investigation into Woolies is currently underway.
In a statement to Fox News, Knoll said it was committed to a “fair and ethical workplace,” and that it was “working with the RctP and the NRFB to investigate allegations of worker exploitation and abuse.”
“Knoll is committed to an ethical workplace and is working closely with the Royal Commissions team to investigate these allegations,” the statement read.
The retailer also said it had implemented changes to address “a number of issues” surrounding the company’s business practices and procedures, and that its internal controls “are robust and are working well to prevent this from happening again.”
Knoll did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
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