Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Trans-Pacific Partner Vietnam Cited by Labor Department for Forced or Indentured Child Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs yesterday announced a revised "List of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor," adding six new products from five countries. Federal contractors supplying products on the list must certify the goods were not produced by forced or indentured child labor in accordance with Executive Order 13126.

The Departments of Labor, State and Homeland Security published a Federal Register notice updating the list that adds:

  • cattle from South Sudan,
  • dried fish from Bangladesh,
  • fish from Ghana,
  • garments from Vietnam, and
  • gold and wolframite from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Public comments were solicited, received, and considered in the agencies' final determination. ILAB published the first list in 2001 and revisions each year from 2010 through 2012. The complete Executive Order 13126 list, a bibliography of sources cited, frequently asked questions, procedural guidelines, and procurement compliance information are available online at http://www.dol.gov/ILAB/regs/eo13126/main.htm.

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