This isn’t a repeat from the 19th century
California has introduced a law requiring Apple and thousands of others to make sure that slave labour isn’t part of the supply chain.
According to Reuters, the law was written following allegations that Apple and Gap used forced labour to create their products.
The law will force manufacturers to explain how they guard against slavery and human trafficking throughout their supply chain. More than 3,200 major companies which do business in California will be required to disclose steps they take, if any, to ensure their suppliers and partners do not use forced labour.
Companies will risk getting sued by the state attorney general if they flout that law.
Apple declined to comment on the new legislation but the law comes after controversy about working conditions at huge supplier Foxconn, where there were a string of suicides.
However, it’s not clear how this law could cause Apple much trouble as the last we heard, none of the workers at Foxconn were actually forced to work there.
Apparently the law defines child labour and slavery as forced labour. Apple had some problems with some of its suppliers using child labour, but said that it sorted that out. Read more