Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable submission to US Natl. Action Plan offers guidance on responsible procurement
[This submission provides] guidance to the U.S. government on embedding human rights protections in federal procurement policy within the existing authority of the Executive Branch.
The submission outlines how the U.S. NAP is ideally suited to kick-start a process of reform that is supported by existing Executive Branch authority to:
- Require transparency of government supply chains—the essential first step;
- Expand the scope of protection beyond trafficking (and forced labor) to include child labor, discrimination, illegal wages and hours, unsafe working conditions, and denial of fundamental freedoms;
- Require independent monitoring that is worker-centered and accountable to the government, not to producers who employ the social auditors; and
- Harmonize purchasing power in order to facilitate a common market for decent work and respect for human rights.