Meghan Markle’s money is behind a trendy instant coffee brand that she touts for its ethically sourced ingredients, but the company has received thousands of kilos of oat milk powder from a Chinese state accused of genocide, a new report claims.
Clevr Blends’ oat milk supplier – Xinjiang Haiyan International Trade – is located within 6km of suspected detention centres, including an alleged re-education site, according to The Daily Mail.
Markle announced the endeavour as her first investment in private life in December, as she and husband Prince Harry severed ties with Buckingham Palace.
The Duchess of Sussex even got Oprah Winfrey to promote Clevr Blends, which makes powdered “superlatte” mixes.
The California-based company bills itself as a “woman-led, mission-driven wellness company,” even though human rights groups have urged Western companies to cut ties with the Xinjiang region due to systematic rapes there and the detention of a million Uighur Muslims in re-education forced labour camps, according to the report.
Clevr received five large deliveries of oat milk powder from Xinjiang Haiyan between October and February, The Daily Mail reports.
Fashion companies like H&M and Burberry have refused to source cotton from the Chinese state over forced-labour concerns, according to the article.
Although there is no evidence the company uses forced labour, human rights activists reportedly said it is…