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WASHINGTON – US apparel brands found to be using slave labour to make their products in Xinjiang supply chains could face fines of hundreds of millions of dollars under a proposed new Senate Bill proposed by Senator Josh Hawley.

Senator Hawley said the Slave Free Business Certification Act – also known as Senate Bill 4241 – is designed hold businesses accountable for having slave labour in their supply chains. He has also accused the NBA and Nike of profiting from slave labour, claiming all the NBA’s Nike uniforms are made with forced labour in China’s Uyghur concentration camps.

Under the proposed bill, businesses with global revenues in excess of US$500m would have to conduct an audit of their supply chains to investigate the “presence or use of forced labour” by their suppliers. This includes the use of forced labour by “direct suppliers, secondary suppliers, and on-site service providers.”

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