Labor Rights

Total 24 Posts

OECD Ministerial Meeting Brings Emphasis to Labor Rights and Non-Market Economy Issues

On October 6, the OECD Ministers issued the 2021 Ministerial Council statement at the Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM). This years’ MCM had a theme of “Shared Values: Building a Green and Inclusive Future”. Not surprisingly, the statement emphasized “shared values” which would shape the way new challenges are addressed. It

Imports of Chinese Solar Company's Products Held Up By U.S. Customs Due To Labor Rights Concerns

As we reported a couple months ago, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has been blocking shipments of some imports of solar products on the basis of ties to forced labor in China. Some details have emerged for one company in particular, JinkoSolar. On June 24, the Department of Homeland

Kerry Meeting with Chinese Officials Discusses Climate Change Cooperation and U.S. Import Restrictions on Solar Products

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry was in China last week to meet with Chinese officials on issues related to climate change, in advance of the November UN climate conference. The meetings did not make much progress in this area, however, and China took the opportunity to criticize U.S.

Australian Senate Approves Bill Banning Imports of Goods Made with Forced Labor

Last week, the Australian Senate passed a bill – Customs Amendment (Banning Goods Produced By Forced Labour) Bill 2021 – that would ban imports of goods made with forced labor. There are significant hurdles to the bill becoming law (it still needs approval by the House of Representatives, and then would need

Senate Passes Infrastructure Bill With Requirement for Report on Forced Labor in China in Electric Vehicle Sector

Today the U.S. Senate passed a long-awaited $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, called the "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." One provision in this bill is of particular interest for trade with China, as it requires a report within 120 days on forced labor in the electric vehicle sector in

Congressional Discussion of the Effectiveness of Section 307 against Imports of Goods from China Made with Forced Labor

On July 21, the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee held a hearing on "The Global Challenge of Forced Labor in Supply Chains: Strengthening Enforcement and Protecting Workers." Among the many issues discussed at the hearing related to forced labor in various countries, one of the issues that came up

U.S. Senate Passes Uyghur Forced Labor Bill

On July 14, the U.S. Senate passed, by voice vote, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. In a press release, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), one of the sponsors, said that this legislation "will ensure that goods tainted with the forced labor of Uyghurs, and others, in the Xinjiang Uyghur
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