Fighting Human Trafficking

Apr 20 2015 - Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley

Last week, Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a consumer alert to Californians about how to find information on the efforts companies are taking to stop and prevent human trafficking and slavery in their product supply chains.

Attorney General Harris also released The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act: A Resource Guide, to provide businesses with recommendations to develop and refine their disclosures to consumers.

Under the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, certain large retailers and manufacturers doing business in California must provide disclosures to consumers about their efforts to eradicate slavery and trafficking in their direct supply chains (California Civil Code section 1714.43).

The goal is that consumers will review these disclosures to make informed purchasing decisions and “use their voices and wallets to influence supply practices that contribute to slavery and trafficking problems around the globe.”

Consumers can review the company disclosures to obtain information about:

  1. Verification: Does the retail seller or manufacturer verify its product supply chains to evaluate and address risks of human trafficking and slavery?
  2. Audits: Does the retail seller or manufacturer conduct supplier audits to evaluate supplier compliance with company standards for human trafficking and slavery in supply chains?
  3. Certification: Does the retail seller or manufacturer require direct suppliers to certify that materials incorporated into the product comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries in which they do business?
  4. Internal Accountability: Does the retail seller or manufacturer maintain internal accountability standards and procedures for employees or contractors failing to meet company standards regarding slavery and trafficking?
  5. Training: Does the retail seller or manufacturer provide company employees and management, who have direct responsibility for supply chain management, with training on human trafficking and slavery, particularly with respect to mitigating risks within the supply chains of products?

Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Employment Law Counsel/Content

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