Join CMTA’s anti-human trafficking working group

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Dec. 17, 2010 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Earlier this year, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 657 (Speaker Darrell Steinberg), which requires that certain manufacturers disclose what they are doing to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their global supply chains.  The new law also allows the Attorney General to impose an injunction if she feels any disclosure is insufficient. The law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2012.

There are many problems with the implementation of this bill which require clarification and possibly further legislation.

Many CMTA members are already leaders in global and regional initiatives to improve working conditions and prevent abuses such as human trafficking and slavery. We believe that their efforts, in partnership with government, law enforcement, and non-governmental organizations, will make a significant difference around the world. It is important to continue highlighting those efforts through this disclosure process.

Unfortunately, SB 657 does nothing to directly and effectively combat slavery and human trafficking. Compliance will be difficult and the law may unintentionally trap good acting companies in expensive litigation.

CMTA is creating a working group to review this legislation and make recommendations on possible changes. If you are interested in finding out more about the implementation of this law or would like to be part of the working group, contact Cynthia Leon, cleon@cmta.net.

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