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.
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.