On March 21, Free The Slaves wrote a letter of support to Californian Senator Ellen M. Corbett, applauding her introduction of bill SB 861. A landmark piece of legislation, SB 861 prevents publicly traded companies from obtaining procurement contracts with the Californian State if found by the Securities and Exchange Commission of being in non-compliance with federal law relating to conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Representative Carolyn Maloney (D–New York) announced last week that she will introduce a federal bill modeled on the California Supply Chain Transparency Act (SB 657), recently signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger. SB 657 requires all businesses that trade in California and gross over $100 million globally, to reveal what they are doing to eradicate slavery in their supply chains.
In a “Dear Colleague” letter sent to other members of Congress, Maloney said this proposed bill, titled Slavery Prevention read more >
Editor’s note: Karen Stauss is the Director of Programs at Free the Slaves. Here, she responds to the passage of the California Supply Chain Transparency Act (SB 657), signed into law today by Governor Schwarzenegger.
“We commend Governor Schwarzeneggar for signing into law the most rigorous state law requirement of transparency about slavery in companies’ supply chains. Consumers can now make the choice to buy products from companies that are seriously looking into whether the read more >
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today that he has signed the California Supply Chain Transparency Act (SB 657).
With our partners at the non-partisan coalition of U.S.-based anti-slavery organizations, Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), Free the Slaves signed a letter urging Schwarzenegger to sign SB 657 into law. Read our statement here (PDF).
The law requires all businesses that sell products in California and gross over $100 million a year globally, to disclose what they are doing to ensure read more >
Global Nations Inquirer: Indie film tackles human trafficking to Sabah: “The issue on human trafficking is like a song whose lyrics and melody everyone knows but which still remains unsung. Unknown to most city dwellers, even in the Philippines, human trafficking is very much rampant.” Independent fiction film “Halaw: Ways of the Sea” follows Filipino migrant workers as they illegally cross the border into Malaysia in search of work. The stories are based on real case studies of human read more >
The California Supply Chain Transparency Act is just one step away from becoming law. SB 657 recently passed both the California Senate and Assembly, and is now awaiting Governor Schwarzenegger’s signature—or veto. If the governor takes no action, SB 657 will become law by default.
As part of the ATEST coalition of seven U.S. anti-slavery organizations, Free the Slaves signed a letter supporting SB 657. Read our statement here (PDF).
Last week, the corporate world joined the chorus of supporters of read more >
A Wall Street Journal article questioning the validity of “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) is the subject of a webcast taking place tomorrow. Titled “CSR and the Role of Business Today —A Spirited Discussion”, the webcast will feature thought leaders in the CSR world. It will air online at 10:30 am EST here.
One of the speakers will be the man who inspired the webcast in the first place: Dr. Aneel Karnani, a corporate consultant and professor at the University read more >
Change.org and California-based anti-human trafficking organization Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking just launched a petition calling for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign two pieces of legislation that seek to eliminate slavery in California’s supply chain. As part of ATEST, Free the Slaves has officially endorsed one of these bills—SB 657, the California Supply Chain Transparency Act.
From CAST’s statement on Change.org:
Today it is estimated that nearly 12.3 million people—equal to nearly one-third of read more >
Ron Soodalter, co-author (with Free the Slaves President Kevin Bales) of The Slave Next Door has posted a piece on Huffington Post, calling for support of the California Transparency in Supply Chains act. This bill would require California companies that make over $100,0000 a year to post what they are doing to ensure that slavery is kept out of their supply chain. The Slave Next Door investigates slavery within the US, and posits that slavery never really read more >