Hawley Calls On Corporate America, Woke Celebs to De-Slave Their Products

'Executives build woke, progressive brands for American consumers, but happily outsource labor to Chinese concentration camps, all just to save a few bucks...'

In a Tuesday morning tweet, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., challenged activist celebrities and corporate America to take a stand against slavery by holding governments like China accountable for their appalling labor practices.

With so much attention currently devoted to Black Lives Matter, racism and the horrors of slavery, corporate America and popular culture icons like NBA superstar Lebron James should automatically embrace the non-controversial position.

But that’s not likely to happen, and Hawley is exposing the hypocrisy.

To genuinely address the corporate Left’s professed causes would, in turn, diminish bottom lines—and that’s a sacrifice too great for their movement.

Rather, corporations and brand celebrities seem intent on profiting from slavery, as their Chinese virtue-signaling suggests.

On Monday, the freshman Missouri senator, a prominent ally to President Donald Trump, introduced federal legislation to hold American companies accountable if they use slave labor in their supply chains.

The Slave-Free Business Certification Act would increase corporate supply chain disclosure requirements, mandate regular audits, require CEOs to certify that their company supply chains do not rely on slave labor and creates penalties for firms that fail basic minimum standards for human rights.

“Executives build woke, progressive brands for American consumers, but happily outsource labor to Chinese concentration camps, all just to save a few bucks,” Hawley said in a statement.

He also tagged some of America’s loudest and most privileged social-justice-spouting celebrities and corporations for a response.

Among them were James, apparel brand Nike and Apple CEO Tim Cook, along with an appeal to National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver.

As of Tuesday afternoon, all of Hawley’s inquiries went unanswered.

Similarly, fellow GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took on NBA Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

According to Hawley, at least 80 companies have been tied to slave labor in China, including American sportswear companies and tech giants.

The issue also spreads far beyond China, as demonstrated by Starbucks’s use of South American forced labor for its coffee beans.

“If corporate America wants to be the face of social change today, they should have to certify they are completely slave-free,” said Hawley.

“And if they refuse to do so, they should pay the price,” he added. “That’s social responsibility.”


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