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October 28, 2014

The UK returns to the fight to abolish slavery, but where is the US?

Humanity United’s Vice President for Policy & Government Relations, David Abramowitz, recently joined The Hill as a Contributor. Today he’s featured discussing DavidAbramowitz_Squaresupply chain transparency in relation to SB-657, a California law which requires businesses to disclose the efforts they are making, if any, to eradicate human trafficking and slavery from their supply chains. The U.K. is currently considering enacting national legislation modeled after the California bill, which Abramowitz argues should be also taken on by the U.S. Congress:

“The United States, through its federal government, also needs to catch up to California and the United Kingdom. As large as California is, its law does not reach all companies, nor does it cover certain sectors or include enforcement measures. The U.S. Congress should act to establish a federal standard on transparency in the fight to combat modern-day slavery, such as a bill introduced in June by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2014 (H.R. 4842). This bill, like the others, is simply pressing for disclosure of efforts so that consumers can make an informed decision about the products they buy.”

Click here to read the full article at The Hill.

For more on SB-657 and Humanity United’s efforts to engage companies in ending slavery in their supply chains, see KnowTheChain.

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