This Week’s Headlines: Corporate Engagement Response

In January 2014, KnowTheChain and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre separately contacted 129 companies that had not yet been identified as having a SB-657 statement, encouraging them to adopt one. On Tuesday, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre featured an article in…

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February 14, 2014
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In January 2014, KnowTheChain and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre separately contacted 129 companies that had not yet been identified as having a SB-657 statement, encouraging them to adopt one.

On Tuesday, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre featured an article in its weekly newsletter with the results of this outreach. “Of those 129 companies, only 44 responded.  Some of these have now adopted a statement, others said they are preparing one, and others indicated that they are not subject to the Act.  A total of 85 companies remained silent,” reads the article.

On that same day, Lori Bishop, Director of Investments at Humanity United, one of the partners in KnowTheChain, wrote a blog post about the “Mixed Corporate Response to California’s Transparency Law.

“We understand that eradicating slavery from corporate supply chains means a transition in business norms, and that takes time.  However, we also believe that all companies have the capacity – and the responsibility – to answer the question, ‘what is your company doing to address slavery in its supply chain?’ For companies subject to SB-657, this responsibility is mandated by law,” she wrote.

This week, KnowTheChain also unveiled a new feature on the site—its dataset is now available for download.

KnowTheChain remains committed to working with companies to address issues of slavery in their supply chains. If any company would like to get in touch regarding including or updating their supply chain disclosure please contact us at: info@knowthechain.org.