Child labor violations are on the rise in U.S. Are they in your supply chain?

Child labor

The first step is admitting there is a problem, and child labor is a growing one in the United States.

In the past, child labor violations might have appeared as a distant concern—something that happens overseas, elsewhere, away. Or, it was considered to be at low risk of occurring in the United States.

As a result, U.S. compliance officers have not been accounting for the possibility of child labor violations in their risk assessments. They weren’t considering how and where child labor violations might be occurring. They weren’t taking into account the potential blowback on their company’s reputation if abuses were found within the labor pool used to develop their company’s product or service.

In short, the U.S. compliance community has not been spending time addressing a problem mistakenly thought to be a rarity.

What’s changed? The driving force is the rising flow of underage migrants coming to the United States.

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