Wednesday, March 23, 2011
OMG---where did you get that shirt?
Increasingly, we find ourselves navigating an ongoing obstacle course of products brought to us by way of practices that violate our values. Recognizing this reality, California passed last year the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010, which will require major retailers and manufacturers doing business in the state to disclose their efforts to eliminate human trafficking and slavery from their direct supply chains. Similar legislation has been proposed at the federal level. Such legislation is an important first step. We face much work ahead in meeting our anxiety over mounting abuses with action to guarantee that disclosure yields more than a public relations response from companies and resignation from a weary public.