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Rep. Buck Introduces House Legislation to Hold American Companies Accountable for Slave Labor

July 29, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) introduced House companion legislation that holds American corporations accountable to forced labor in their supply chains. Led by Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) in the Senate, The Slave-Free Business Certification Act requires CEOs to certify that their supply chains are free of slave labor or that they have reported all instances of forced labor in their companies.

“It’s time we expose these ‘woke’ executives of American companies who pride themselves on their so-called progressive policies while they outsource supply chains to Chinese concentration camps,” Rep. Buck said. “I’m proud to join Senator Hawley in this effort to hold corporations accountable for having slave labor in their supply chains. If Corporate America truly wants to be socially responsible, they must certify that they are slave free.”

“Corporate America and the celebrities that hawk their products have been playing this game for a long time – talk up corporate social responsibility and social justice at home while making millions of dollars off the slave labor that assembles their products. Executives build woke, progressive brands for American consumers, but happily outsource labor to Chinese concentration camps, all just to save a few bucks,” Senator Hawley said. "If corporate America wants to be the face of social change today, they should have to certify they are completely slave-free. Participate in independent audits to verify it and disclose steps to ensure slave labor won’t become part of the equation later on. And if they refuse to do so, they should pay the price. That’s social responsibility."

Bill text HERE.