Investors Urge Congress to Prioritize Proposed Transparency in Supply Chains Legislation

A coalition of 80 institutional investors sent a letter to Congress last week in support of the Business Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act (HR 2759).  As discussed previously, the proposed legislation would require companies to disclose efforts to identify and address the risks of human trafficking, forced labor, slavery, and the worst forms of child labor in their supply chains.

Modeled after the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, which went into effect on January 1, 2012, the proposed federal legislation, unlike the California statute, is not limited to retailers and manufacturers. If enacted, the legislation would be applicable to any publicly-traded or private company currently required to submit annual reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), as long as the company meets an established annual gross receipts threshold. Companies would be required to include the required disclosures in their annual reports to the SEC.

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