Kuhn Associates Releases Information Brief On The California Transparency In Supply Chains Act

Kuhn Associates Releases A Brief On A California Law Mandating Disclosure Of Corporate Efforts To Eradicate Human Trafficking

New York, NY, United States, January 08, 2013 (PressReleasePoint) -- Kuhn Associates Sustainability Advisors, LLC, one of the country’s premier sustainability consultancies, has released an Information Brief discussing the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010, a law mandating disclosure of corporate efforts to identify and eradicate human trafficking and slavery in product supply chains. Although the law went into effect on January 1, 2012, many companies covered by the law are still determining how to meet its requirements.

The Information Brief contains an Executive Summary, an analysis of each Section of the law and suggestions for complying with the law. Readers of the Information Brief will understand the law’s requirements for covered companies to disclose:

  • efforts to verify human trafficking and slavery risks in the company’s supply chain
  • their use of supplier audits to ensure compliance with corporate anti-slavery and anti-trafficking policies
  • their use of direct supplier self-certification of compliance with local anti-slavery and anti-trafficking laws
  • the company’s internal accountability standards and policies applicable to employees and contractors as they relate to these issues; and
  • the company’s training protocol on these issues for those involved in its supply chain management.

In issuing the Information Brief, firm president Robert Kuhn said, “It is becoming a best practice in supply chain sustainability to take a holistic view and simultaneously address both environmental and social dimensions with suppliers. One of the current hot buttons on the social side relates to human rights concerns, specifically the usually under-the-radar human trafficking and slavery activities that can occur in suppliers to U.S. and other companies. California wants companies that do business in its state to tell the public on their websites what they are doing in this area … even if they aren’t doing much. That’s the intent of this law. But it’s not a well-written law and the purpose of the Information Brief is to clarify the law and suggest how to comply. We’re working with clients now on helping them review their activities and policies in this area and draft the necessary disclosure language.”

The Information Brief can be obtained by visiting the firm’s website, www.kuhnassociatesllc.com, and navigating to http://www.kuhnassociatesllc.com/resources/documents-to-download/corporate-social-responsibility-california-transparency-in-supply-chains-act.html

About Kuhn Associates
Kuhn Associates Sustainability Advisors LLC is a New York-based consulting firm that helps companies navigate the intersection of business and sustainability, with a special focus on supply chain sustainability. The firm helps create and implement strategies to address major environmental and certain social dimensions of business activity, including greenhouse gas emissions, water impacts, waste streams and human rights/labor issues. The firm’s clients range from Fortune 100 companies to small-to-medium enterprises and span a large cross-section of industries. For more information, please visit www.kuhnassociatesllc.com.

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