Axios: Hawley to squeeze corporate America on forced labor
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) tells Axios he’ll introduce legislation this week requiring companies with business overseas to certify that their supply chains are free of forced labor — and he’s especially concerned about China.
The state of play: “If these reports from anti-trafficking advocates, anti-slavery advocates are wrong, then the companies will have a chance to set the record straight,” Hawley said in an interview. “But they will be held accountable.”
- Hawley also plans to challenge celebrities who endorse the products: “I would hope that anybody who is profiting on that would want to push companies to certify that they’re not benefiting from slave labor.”
Hawley said multinational corporations “shift our jobs overseas, or they move their supply chains overseas, then they sell them to American consumers and they get celebrities to hawk them on TV.”
- “Just because you are publicly donating money to this or that nonprofit doesn’t mean that it’s OK to profit off slave labor,” the senator added.