Midyear Meeting

ABA resolution urges businesses to adopt policies against child labor and labor trafficking


The ABA House of Delegates has adopted a resolution urging businesses to adopt policies against child labor and trafficking that are consistent with four model principles.

The principles outlined in Resolution 102B say the business will prohibit child labor and labor trafficking in its operations, will assess the risk of these problems, will train relevant employees and communicate with suppliers, and devise a remediation policy to address child labor and trafficking.

Delegate E. Christopher Johnson Jr. of Michigan told the House that the principles “will try to give business the tools that they need to erase this scourge on humanity. We have tolerated it far too long.”

The suits we wear, the phones we use and the food we eat may be produced by child labor and human trafficking, Johnson said. “Everything that we do is tainted, and we need to start doing something about it,” he said.

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