July 19, 2010 Products Produced with Forced or Indentured Child Labor
Dear Congressional Staff:
This morning the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) announced the final updated list of products that federal contractors must certify are not produced with forced or indentured child labor under Executive Order (EO) 13126. The updated executive order list can currently be viewed at the Public Inspection Desk (http://www.ofr.gov/inspection.aspx) and will be published tomorrow, July 20, in the Federal Register (http://www.ofr.gov).
In September 2009, the Department released an initial determination that proposed updating the EO 13126 list. The initial determination set forth an updated list of products by country of origin that the Departments of Labor, State and Homeland Security preliminarily believed were mined, produced, or manufactured by forced or indentured child labor. The initial determination contained a list of 21 countries and 29 products and announced a 90-day period for review and submission of pubic comments on the proposed updates to the list.
The final list remains the same as proposed in the initial determination, with the exception that carpets from India is not included. The notice issued by ILAB in the Federal Register explains the basis for delaying a decision on the inclusion of carpets from India, as well as provides detailed responses to the most frequently received public comments. The updated list, frequently asked questions, procedural guidelines and procurement compliance information for the EO 13126 list can be reviewed at http://www.dol.gov/ILAB/regs/eo13126/main.htm.
If you would like more information about ILAB and its program activities please visit www.dol.gov/ilab or contact Adri Jayaratne in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at (202) 693-4600 or Jayaratne.firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.