The State Department gave an award for business excellence to Patagonia, a U.S. clothing producer accused of using cotton grown with Uighur labor, enslaved by the Chinese communist regime.
Patagonia, known for its wool vests, won the award for “climate innovation” applied to environmental issues in Argentina. Five other companies were also honored, according to The Washington Free Beacon on Dec. 9.
Despite its alleged activism on critical social issues, Patagonia, Nike, and other clothing companies were denounced by the European Center for Constitutional Rights for being “directly or indirectly complicit in the forced labor” of Uighurs.
It is also among a group of companies, including corporate giants Coca-Cola, Nike, and Apple, denounced by an Australian report published in March that debunks their denial of using slave labor by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
In fact, these corporations “spend millions of dollars on lobbyists, so they can continue to exploit China’s persecuted Muslim minority,” argues The Washington Free Beacon.
In addition to them, the State Department and the White House have lobbied to block a bill that would ban imports from Xinjiang, the Chinese region where cotton is produced in concentration camps, because of concerns about forced labor.
Patagonia increased its political activism in the last year by showing support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and attacking the Trump administration’s environmental policies.
It also joined companies promoting “conscious capitalism,” which is considered a marketing strategy in which it pretends to serve trendy political causes, thus camouflaging its primary interest in economic gain.
“This brilliant feat of public relations is how a rapacious and soulless high-end clothing company like Patagonia has managed to position itself as a holier-than-thou environmental savior even as it exploits slave labor in the hinterlands of totalitarian China,” wrote the editors of The Washington Free Beacon.
In addition to its apparent interest in the environment, Patagonia boycotted Facebook for its alleged failure to ban hate speech on its platform but continued to advertise on VK, a Russian social network that blocks gay rights groups and is popular with so-called white supremacists.
“Patagonia’s decision to weave left-wing politics into its corporate fabric has led it to a valuation of around $1 billion,” notes The Washington Free Beacon.
“Conscious capitalism” or “woke” also defined as “corporate America’s social justice scam,” has been denounced as a geopolitical tool of the CCP to destroy democracy in the United States.
So says the author of “Woke, Inc: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam,” Vivek Ramaswamy.
“They [China] are using that to divide us, to use that as a kink in our armor to divide us from within, by getting corporations to criticize injustice here, without saying a peep about injustice over there and deflecting accountability for their human rights abuses,” Ramaswamy said.