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7 Aug 2015

Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST)

ATEST applauds introduction of federal business supply chain transparency legislation

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The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) applauds the introduction of the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015 (S. 1968), companion to H.R. 3226...this bill would require public companies with annual worldwide receipts above $100 million to include in their annual reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a disclosure describing measures taken to identify and address conditions of forced labor, modern slavery, human trafficking, and the worst forms of child labor within a company’s supply chains. Importantly this legislation includes both the production of goods as well as labor and services in supply chains. “Businesses shouldn’t turn a blind eye to the working conditions of people who make their products. This bill marks an important step toward making sure they can’t. American consumers want and deserve to know what’s behind the food, clothing, and other goods and services they use every day,” said Melysa Sperber, Director of ATEST.