The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) estimates that in 2016, more than 45 million slaves are working in 167 countries. This estimate exceeds the International Labor Organization's estimate of 21 million people. The point is, modern day slavery is clearly an issue that is not going away.
For decades, the US border customs agents have overlooked section 307 of the 1930 Tariff Act, which prohibited goods from entering the US made with the use of forced labor. Earlier in 2016, President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. Before the Trade Facilitation Act, US border customs agents had overlooked section 307, as long as domestic production could not meet the demand for the imported products to the US.
On Thursday, the US State Department removed Thailand from the human trafficking blacklist. Though Thailand has been a spotlight country when dealing with forced labor, the State Department made their decision based on the criteria outlined in the Human Trafficking Persons Report.
Forced labor generates $150 billion in illegal profits every year. From hazardous conditions in Congo mines to factory workers trapped in bonded labor debt, major companies have faced reputational risks through their supply chain processes.
EICC and other groups will co-convene the event; free registration is now open
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 21, 2016 /3BL Media/ – The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a nonprofit coalition of leading electronics companies dedicated to supply chain responsibility, today announced that it is co-convening a one-day, multi-industry forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 5 to examine the risks and challenges facing businesses regarding forced labor, and consider how those risks might be effectively mitigated in global supply chains. To increase awareness of this important topic across industries, the EICC is offering free admittance to this event
Downstream Firms Must Stay On Top Of The Evolving Regulation
The scope of the UK Modern Day Slavery Act is currently determined by two things; location, and revenue threshold. The location criteria is defined as a company that is based in the UK. The revenue threshold of companies in scope is set at £36 Million, however companies that fall under that threshold still may be asked to report.
What it takes to run a strong ethical sourcing program
Forced labor, Code of Conduct, Anti-Corruption. These are all terms that all companies must address as they develop their commitments to ethical sourcing. This is easier said than done. Complex supply chains, undocumented labor practices, and bribery hidden deep below the surface make it very hard to identify problems within a company's labor force and supply chain.