ATEST Welcomes KnowTheChain as Tool for Promoting Transparency Around Slavery in Supply Chains

For Release: October 20, 2013

(Washington, DC) – A partnership of organizations committed to combatting modern day slavery today unveiled KnowTheChain, an online resource created to educate companies, investors, policymakers and consumers about the existence of slavery in supply chains.  KnowTheChain encourages greater disclosure and transparency related to SB-657, the California law that requires retailers and manufacturers with annual worldwide gross receipts over $100 million that are doing business in the state to publicly disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chain.

The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) endorsed KnowTheChain and Melysa Sperber, Director of ATEST, issued the following statement:

“You can’t stop what you can’t see, and modern-day slavery is one of the world’s most horrendous – and most invisible – human rights issues to tackle.  KnowTheChain is an important step toward educating consumers, companies and policymakers about the existence of slavery in the supply chains of products we enjoy every day.  We hope that KnowTheChain will empower consumers and advocacy groups to speak out and make informed choices that encourage companies to eliminate forced labor in their supply chains.  We also hope that California’s efforts and KnowTheChain will build momentum toward passing federal transparency requirements that put all businesses on an even playing field.”