Sen. Hawley Challenges Corporate America & Celebrity Sponsors to Pledge Their Supply Chains are #SlaveFree

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Today, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) challenged corporate America and celebrities that hawk their products to pledge that they do not rely on slave labor for production. Senator Hawley announced the pledge this morning and he has already called on Nike, LeBron James, and the National Basketball Association (NBA) to take the pledge.

“I challenge every major American corporation making products overseas in #China or elsewhere to pledge that they are #slavefree, that they DO not and WILL not rely on forced, slave labor.”

Yesterday he announced new legislation to hold corporate America accountable for having slave labor in their supply chains. Sen. Hawley’s “Slave-Free Business Certification Act” would increase corporate supply chain disclosure requirements, mandate regular audits, require Chief Executive Officers to certify that their companies’ supply chains do not and will not rely on slave labor, and create penalties for firms that fail basic minimum standards for human rights.

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