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house Bill H.R. 6270

Should Publicly-Traded Companies Disclose Whether They Use Forced Labor From Chinese Concentration Camps in Their Supply Chains?

Argument in favor

Companies that issue public securities in U.S. financial markets must be transparent with investors and the general public about whether their supply chains involve products made with forced labor from Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in Chinese concentration camps.

larubia's Opinion
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09/30/2020
Not only should it be disclosed from China, but from any country using slave/child labor. I will go a step further and say the USA should refuse to import any such products made by the use of slave/child labor.
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jimK's Opinion
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09/30/2020
Certainly, any company that does not respect the basic rights of other human beings must not be allowed to turn a blind eye toward any human rights abuses that contribute to their profitability - wherever they occur. If our country still has any respect at all for the traditional values that have guided and defined this country, we need to assure that we are not indirectly underwriting these abuses. It will ring a bit hollow on the world stage until we can address the institutionalized human rights abases in this country; our government's endorsement and illegal disregard of the human rights afforded by law to detainees- from imprisoning children forcibly separated from their parents and not even providing soap or toothpaste, destroying the only records of which child belonged to which parents to prevent anyone from discovering the extent of this practice and the forced sterilization on immigrant detainee women without their consent or knowledge. Add to that the trumps signing of a DPA order which was drafted by the meat packing industry to indemnify them from workplace deaths caused by Covid infections which could be substantially reduced had they simply been required to follow CDC workplace directives. And, finally several of the State's refusing to publish meat packer Corvid deaths or provide any support for those infected. SO, yeah, it is right for us to stand up for human rights on the world stage and it is soooo trumpublican to ignore those issue when it benefits the trump or his benefactors. Hard to get other countries to accept our ideals if we do not accept them ourselves.
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Leslie's Opinion
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10/01/2020
@LaRubia: Agree we should not allow import of goods manufactured by slave, child or prison labor not only because of the ethics but because US labor can not compete based on prices resulting in outsourcing, offshoring of jobs. Only corporations & stock market benefits from these practices hence the 163 Nay votes probably receiving corporate campaign contributions. @wpeckham: Agree we need to track for risk purpose as we learned during the pandemic when we couldn’t supply sufficient PPE or test kits domestically and many of the Chinese products are substandard. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52092395
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Argument opposed

Given that it’s already public knowledge that dozens of prominent global companies have supply chains that, in some form, rely upon forced labor from China’s concentration camps in Xinjiang, it’s unnecessary for this bill to establish a formal reporting process.

B.R.'s Opinion
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09/30/2020
Let me get this straight. We want US companies to publish a report about information already known. What is the intent of this bill, reporting or consequences for actions? If for reporting, it is a waste of time. If for consequences, the bill has failed.
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Ronald's Opinion
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09/30/2020
This nice, but ineffective intrusion on privte property is useless. The true sulution is to break economic ties with China. Problem solved without intrusion in to American Compsanies' privacy.
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Lane's Opinion
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09/30/2020
That already has to be shown. The solution is to become independent from China and break economic ties with China, so feeding the communist dragon, send BLM and antifa over there to riot against real injustice instead of tearing up the most liberated nation on the planet.
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What is House Bill H.R. 6270?

This bill — the Uyghur Forced Labor Disclosure Act of 2020 — would require issuers of securities to publicly disclose their activities related to China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Specifically, issuers would have to disclose the importation of manufactured goods and materials that originated or are sourced from that region, as well as details about the commercial activity, gross revenue and net profits, and future import plans regarding these goods and materials. Additionally, issuers would have to disclose whether any of those goods or materials come from forced labor camps.

An annual report of compliance by covered security issuers with these requirements would be produced annually for Congress and the public by the Executive Commission on China. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) would also produce an annual report on compliance with this bill’s requirements.

Impact

Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities who are used as forced labor in China’s concentration camps in Xinjiang; publicly-traded companies that do business in Xinjiang and use goods or materials that come from forced labor camps.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 6270

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced this bill to require issuers of publicly traded securities to provide public reports about their activities in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region, including the use of forced labor from Uyghur Muslims in concentration camps:

“I’ve met with members of the Uyghur community in my district who have told me heart-wrenching stories of family and friends in Xinjiang who have been brutally detained, pushed out of their homes, and pressed into forced labor. American companies should not be complicit in China’s abuse of its Muslim minorities. This legislation will help shine a light on these inhumane practices and provide needed transparency for investors. Once consumers see that the products we use every day -- from the shoes we wear to the phones we text on -- have been tainted by forced labor, I believe American companies will do the right thing and rethink their supply chains.”

Numerous global companies have been tied to the use of forced Uyghur labor in China, including sportswear companies like Nike, Adidas, and Puma and tech companies such as Lenovo and Samsung.

In early July, U.S. Customs & Border Protection seized a 13 ton shipment of hair weaves & beauty accessories shipped from China that was suspected to have been made from human hair taken from Uyghurs in a concentration camp.

This legislation has the support of five Democratic cosponsors. It’s similar to legislation known as the Slave-Free Business Certification Act, introduced by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), which would require American companies to audit their supply chains and certify that there is no reliance upon forced labor or slavery. Hawley’s bill is somewhat broader in that it would apply globally, not just to Xinjiang, China.

Of NoteHuman rights experts say that between 800,000 to 2 million Muslims have been detained indefinitely in reeducation camps since April 2017 because the Chinese Communist Party views them as a potential extremist or separatist threat. Detainees are interned without due process in the camps, where they are subjected to communist propaganda, forced to renounce Islam, and in some cases are beaten and tortured.

And the crackdown extends beyond the reeducation camps as well, with political and cultural indoctrination occurring in schools and authorities using compulsory collection of biometric data (like DNA & voice samples), artificial intelligence, big data, and movement restrictions to control the population. A Human Rights Watch report notes that the “human rights violations in Xinjiang today are of a scope and scale not seen in China since the 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution”, and explains the motivation behind it:

“Authorities have sought to justify harsh treatment in the name of maintaining stability and security in Xinjiang, and to “strike at” those deemed terrorists and extremists in a “precise” and “in-depth” manner. Xinjiang officials claim the root of these problems is the “problematic ideas” of Turkic Muslims. These ideas include what authorities describe as extreme religious dogmas, but also any non-Han Chinese sense of identity, be it Islamic, Turkic, Uyghur, or Kazakh. Authorities insist that such beliefs and affinities must be “corrected” or “eradicated.”

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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / unterirdisch)

AKA

Uyghur Forced Labor Disclosure Act of 2020

Official Title

To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require issuers to make certain disclosures relating to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed September 30th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 253 Yea / 163 Nay
    IntroducedMarch 12th, 2020

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    Not only should it be disclosed from China, but from any country using slave/child labor. I will go a step further and say the USA should refuse to import any such products made by the use of slave/child labor.
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    Let me get this straight. We want US companies to publish a report about information already known. What is the intent of this bill, reporting or consequences for actions? If for reporting, it is a waste of time. If for consequences, the bill has failed.
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    Certainly, any company that does not respect the basic rights of other human beings must not be allowed to turn a blind eye toward any human rights abuses that contribute to their profitability - wherever they occur. If our country still has any respect at all for the traditional values that have guided and defined this country, we need to assure that we are not indirectly underwriting these abuses. It will ring a bit hollow on the world stage until we can address the institutionalized human rights abases in this country; our government's endorsement and illegal disregard of the human rights afforded by law to detainees- from imprisoning children forcibly separated from their parents and not even providing soap or toothpaste, destroying the only records of which child belonged to which parents to prevent anyone from discovering the extent of this practice and the forced sterilization on immigrant detainee women without their consent or knowledge. Add to that the trumps signing of a DPA order which was drafted by the meat packing industry to indemnify them from workplace deaths caused by Covid infections which could be substantially reduced had they simply been required to follow CDC workplace directives. And, finally several of the State's refusing to publish meat packer Corvid deaths or provide any support for those infected. SO, yeah, it is right for us to stand up for human rights on the world stage and it is soooo trumpublican to ignore those issue when it benefits the trump or his benefactors. Hard to get other countries to accept our ideals if we do not accept them ourselves.
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    @LaRubia: Agree we should not allow import of goods manufactured by slave, child or prison labor not only because of the ethics but because US labor can not compete based on prices resulting in outsourcing, offshoring of jobs. Only corporations & stock market benefits from these practices hence the 163 Nay votes probably receiving corporate campaign contributions. @wpeckham: Agree we need to track for risk purpose as we learned during the pandemic when we couldn’t supply sufficient PPE or test kits domestically and many of the Chinese products are substandard. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52092395
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    I'm actually shocked that we have to talk about this. I don't hate China, but I strongly disapprove of the Chinese government's treatment of the Uyghur people. We really need to take a stand on human rights by exposing any ties to this mistreatment that American or other companies participate in.
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    Seems to me this shouldn’t just apply to China. How about the sweat shops in other countries or those who use child labor or those who don’t pay a survivable wage or forced labor? Why just China? Not Russia or Indonesia, or the Philippines. Seems like this country has done some pretty dreadful things as well.
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    We shouldn't as human beings still be using other humans as slaves! For many many years now I don't buy any products made from other countries due to that fact. It's disgusting! It's time for everyone to know where and how a product was made. Oh and this country has concentration camps full of immigrants. My question here is are they being used as slaves too?
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    They have already voted on this bill. I just noticed my representative Jack Bergman voted against this bill. I can't believe my representative likes slavery. I am shocked!
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    OMG, this is even a question? Hell, yes! So damn true, Larubia and Leslie! 👍🏻❤️😊👏🏻
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    UPDATED 2020-09-30 8:50pm Representatives, Thank you for supporting and passing HR 6270. =========================== Strongly Support HR 6270 the Uyghur Forced Labor Disclosure Act of 2020: Require issuers of securities to publicly disclose their activities related to China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Specifically * Require issuers of Securities to disclose the importation of manufactured goods and materials that originated or are sourced from that region, as well as details about the commercial activity, gross revenue and net profits, and future import plans regarding these goods and materials. * Require issuers to disclose whether any of those goods or materials come from forced labor camps. Let thiis bill help form the basis of an ethical response to the current Chinese government's horrendous treatment of the Muslim peoples of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Further, we need additional bills passed that forces the disclosure of countries and companies that exploit other people such as using child labor. Stay Safe! Make A Plan To Vote! Vote Blue! Dump Trump!
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    Yep!.........Added this 10/1......just saw the vote.......MY Chicken SH&* "representative" didn't vote....SURPRISE, surprise!
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    Forced labor and concentration camps constitute an unethical and amoral practice cemented on abuse and oppression. It goes against American values and beliefs, for which public companies have the obligation to tell their current and potential investors if the are involved, or partake, in such practices.
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    You mean they don’t! I can’t even believe an American company would knowingly do that and if they do the CEO should be jailed.
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    H.R. 6270 SKA ”The Uyghur Forced Labor Disclosure Act of 2020” I’m in firm support of and recommend passage of this is House bill H.R 6270 AKA ‘’the Uyghur Forced Labor Disclosure Act of 2020 which would require issuers of securities to publicly disclose their activities related to China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Specifically, issuers would have to disclose the importation of manufactured goods and materials that originated or are sourced from that region, as well as details about the commercial activity, gross revenue and net profits, and future import plans regarding these goods and materials. Additionally, issuers would have to disclose whether any of those goods or materials come from forced labor camps. Companies that issue public securities in U.S. financial markets must be transparent with investors and the general public about whether their supply chains involve products made with forced labor from Uyghur neaMuslims and other ethnic minorities in Chinese concentration camps. SneakyPete. 👍👍👍👍 10.1.20
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    Yes, companies any part of whose supply chain utilizes slave labor should be forced to disclose this to consumers so they can make ethical choices about their consumerism and the companies they do business with. Think about it this way: would you have wanted to buy a Mercedes in1943 knowing that it was made by Jews who were kept in concentration camps (many of whom were literally worked to death)? It’s exactly the same principle.
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    If a manufacturer uses slave labor they must think it's fine so why not brag about it? If they are afraid that such a disclosure would hurt sales then maybe they should pay a little less in dividends and more in salaries.
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    If you believe in America and America values you believe in fairness and human rights! Even though it is a Journey for America.
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    Uh....yeah. This is a question? Guess there are people out there though who, in the name of profits, see no problem with it.
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    Any publicly traded company that uses forced labor from concentrations camps in China should be banned from selling their products in the USA.. We need to stop allowing these companies to sell their products here, when they should be manufacturing their products here in the USA... But it's people like Comrade Bone and his daughter that have companies in China that manufacture their overpriced garbage where laborers are paid poorly so that they can reap huge profits. Let's stop supporting these companies, let's make it harder for them to continue manufacturing their garbage in China. Let's boycott all these publicly traded companies.
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    This is a no-brainer!!! Yes! Not only for that country but ALL countries including our own; USA. A lot of things are No-brainers these days but yet & still Trump can act & say the things he did last night & some of you continue to support him. Some of you even claim to be Christian or raised in a Christian household?? Do you think or was you taught that what he does & SAYS IS OK? What must God think; if you even believe in God? I was born & raised & I live in The Heart of Dixie & I know better than to be a racist!!
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