“Looking for the presence of forced labor is part of every supplier assessment we conduct and any violations of our policies carry immediate consequences, including business termination,” the assertion stated. “Earlier this year, we conducted a detailed investigation with our suppliers in China and found no evidence of forced labor on Apple production lines and we are continuing to monitor this closely.”
Lobbying disclosures present that firms have spent closely to sway Congress on Xinjiang-related laws, although they reveal nothing about their particular requests.
In the primary three quarters of 2020, Nike spent $920,000 on in-house lobbying of Congress and different federal companies. Disclosures don’t break down expenditures by subject, however present Nike lobbied on issues together with bodily schooling grants, taxes and local weather change, in addition to the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.
Nike additionally paid outdoors corporations like Cornerstone Government Affairs, Ogilvy, Capitol Counsel, GrayRobinson, American Continental Group, DiNino Associates and Empire Consulting Group greater than $400,000 this 12 months to foyer on points together with the act.
Mr. Rossiter stated that Nike had these corporations on retainer lengthy earlier than the Xinjiang laws was launched, and that the corporate actively labored with lobbying corporations to interact Congress on a wide range of topics it cares about.
Coca-Cola has additionally invested closely, spending $4.68 million within the first three quarters of 2020 on in-house lobbying and hiring Empire Consulting Group and Sidley Austin to foyer on points together with the act.
Coca-Cola stated in an announcement that it complies with all legal guidelines related to its political actions and has “adopted best-in-class disclosures practices.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce declined to touch upon lobbying, as an alternative offering a letter it despatched to Congress in November with seven different trade teams. The letter stated the teams had lengthy been working to fight compelled labor, and urged the federal government to take a complete strategy that might mobilize the administration, Congress and international governments to handle the issue, along with trade.