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U.S. blocks slave-made goods to 'safeguard American jobs'

U.S. blocks slave-made goods to 'safeguard American jobs' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The United States said on Thursday it was boosting its fight against slave-made goods "to safeguard American jobs", signaling that the Trump administration regards forced labor as a trade, rather than a human rights issue. The new approach was revealed in the Department of Labor's biennial list of goods that it "has reason to believe" are produced by child or forced labor, which became a crime to import in 2016 under a law introduced by President Barack Obama. "American workers cannot compete with producers abroad who use child labor or forced labor" U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said in a foreword to the list of 148 goods produced in 76 countries. If "a trading partner" engages in child or forced labor, "the U.S. will do what it takes to protect vulnerable workers from exploitation, safeguard American jobs, and create a fair playing field for countries that play by the rules", he added.

EcoVadis's insight:

Agriculture, food and beverage processing, manufacturing and construction are sectors that are especially prone to violations and corruption. To illustrate the scale and reach of human rights abuses, the U.S. Department of Labor has identified 139 goods from 75 countries most likely made by forced and child labour.

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Lithium: Brines, batteries and bottlenecks

Lithium: Brines, batteries and bottlenecks | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The US and China are currently acquiring cobalt assets, and in the case of US they have been stockpiling Cobalt since 2010. Cobalt supply is also affected by unethical supply chain issues, particularly in relation to major deposits in the Democratic Republic of Congo where cobalt extraction is linked to illegal mining and child labour.

EcoVadis's insight:

Companies must insist on complete and verifiable supply chain information and a system of third-party verification.When abuses are uncovered, they can take adequate corrective actions to address past harms. 

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EU urged to draft law on child labour, deforestation in coffee and cocoa

EU urged to draft law on child labour, deforestation in coffee and cocoa | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Globally, there are some 152 million working children aged between 5 and 17, according to the International Labour Organization. About 71 percent work in agriculture, from herding livestock to harvesting coffee, cocoa and tea. The European Union must set mandatory rules to tackle child labour and deforestation in the cocoa and coffee sectors, after years of voluntary action has failed to spur widespread change, stakeholders and policymakers said on Wednesday. 

EcoVadis's insight:

Consumers of cocoa and coffee have a responsibility in how the supply chains work and that it is free from child labour and other human rights issues.

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How we can fight child labour in the tobacco industry

How we can fight child labour in the tobacco industry | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Brazil, the world’s second-largest tobacco producer, provides a positive example for tackling hazardous child labor. Brazil barred children under 18 from any work with tobacco in 2008 and established penalties for child labor violations – not just for farmers, but for the companies purchasing their leaf. Though the labor ministry was understaffed and lacked the resources to carry out sufficient inspections, the farmers we interviewed understood that children were not permitted to work and feared the penalties.
EcoVadis's insight:

Great Job Brazil! Child labor has not been completely eliminated in Brazil, but there has been progress in keeping children out of hazardous work and protecting adult workers.

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