Response from Debbie Dingell, Member of Congress

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Thank you for contacting me regarding disclosure requirements relating to abusive labor practices in company supply chains. Your thoughts on this issue are important.

In 2014, the Department of Labor identified 136 goods from 74 countries around the world that are produced using forced or child labor. The United States is the world’s largest importer, and current mechanisms under Federal law to curb abusive labor practices abroad are limited in scope.

In July 2015, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) introduced H.R. 3226, the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015 which would mandate that any company with revenues in excess of $100 million dollars per year disclose the steps it is taking to combat child labor and trafficking in its supply chain. The legislation would require that this information be posted on the company’s website, as well as on a separate Security and Exchange Commission website.

Child slavery, trafficking, and other abusive labor practices are reprehensible and have no place in our modern, global economy. It is imperative that we work to end these abuses, regardless of where they occur. Transparency can play an important role in bringing these practices to light and applying public pressure against those who commit them. Working with my colleagues in Congress to prevent labor abuse is a priority of mine in Congress.
Again, thank you for contacting my office. If you are interested in regular updates on current legislation or issues of the day, you can visit my website at www.debbiedingell.house.gov and sign up for my newsletter. You can also find me on Twitter at @RepDebDingell and on Facebook. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future on interests of concern.

Sincerely,

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Debbie Dingell
Member of Congress