Apple lobbyists are trying to weaken a bill aimed at preventing forced labor in China, according to two congressional staffers familiar with the matter, highlighting the clash between its business imperatives and its official stance on human rights.
The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act would require U.S. companies to guarantee they do not use imprisoned or coerced workers from the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang, where academic researchers estimate the Chinese government has placed more than 1 million people into internment camps.
“They’re shocked because it’s the first time where there could be some actual effective enforceability.”
China is building vast new detention centers for Muslims in Xinjiang
We abhor forced labor and support the goals of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.
Lobbying disclosure forms do not require that information. Fierce referred The Washington Post to Apple’s public relations team.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has said publicly that Apple does not tolerate forced labor in its supply chain.
The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act passed 406 to 3 in the House in September.
Now that the bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), is in front of the U.S. It does not name Apple.
Patagonia, Coca-Cola and Costco didn’t respond to requests for comment.
That provision of the Dodd-Frank Act has created headaches for companies that import gold.Now that the bill, sponsored by Rep.