Welcome to ILAB's new Compliance and Accountability Resource

The Better Trade Tool empowers users to advance efforts in supply chain transparency as well as strategic sourcing priorities. This innovative tool integrates existing reporting developed by the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) with U.S. import trade data, including Harmonized Tariff Schedule codes. As a new data driven initiative launched in 2021, the current version of the Better Trade Tool is available as a beta release. 

The Better Trade Tool is intended to serve as a resource for users interested in learning about labor exploitation risks in global supply chains. Consider adding the Better Trade Tool to your compliance, sourcing, trade, and supply chain toolbox. 

The Better Trade Tool search feature enables users to select a specific country, good, type of labor exploitation, and year from the respective dropdown lists. The default view presents data for all countries, goods, and labor exploitations. Results under both tables will vary based on each selection made.

For additional guidance on each dropdown option, read more. 

Country: Countries listed in the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor and List of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor are included if there were imports into the U.S. of identified goods from that particular country in any given year from 2016 through 2020. This means that although a country and good pairing may be noted in ILAB reports, it will not populate in the search results if the good was not imported from the selected country into the U.S. in that particular year. Currently, ILAB reporting identifies over 70 countries.

Good: The Better Trade Tool covers over 150 goods, ranging from Amber to Zinc. The Goods include all those listed in ILAB reports, having been identified as higher risk in their production in specific countries. If Country is selected as the first filter, only the goods that were imported into the U.S. from that selected country will populate in the results. If a specific Country is not selected, then all countries as outlined in ILAB reporting as high risk in their production of the selected Good, will populate in the results.

Labor Exploitation: The top table represents the type of Labor Exploitation included in ILAB reports associated with each good and country pairing. Types of Labor Exploitation include child labor, forced labor, and forced or indentured child labor. The bottom table includes additional details related to the year that each type of labor exploitation was added (and removed, where applicable) to the good and country pairing. 

U.S. Import: The top table represents the aggregated value of the Good(s) imported into the U.S. from the selected Country for the Year selected. The bottom table reflects the value and volume of goods imported into the U.S. for each 10-digit tariff code. The default Year for this view is set to 2020. Full year 2021 data is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2022. 

Year: U.S. import trade data is represented for 2016 through 2020. This data was collected via the U.S. Census Bureau. Users may select Year from the dropdown options to view data specific to the Year selected. 

ILAB Better Trade Tool

Access additional data analysis functionalities on our Tableau Public site here. Follow the Top 10 Countries dashboard below to view more. 

Top 10 Countries

To view full year data, please select individual years below. 


About the Better Trade Tool

The Better Trade Tool was developed through the integration of four publicly available sources from the U.S. Government. These include, U.S. Department of Labor's List of Goods Produced by Child Labor and Forced Labor and List of Product Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor; U.S. import trade data via the U.S. Census Bureau; and the U.S. International Trade Commission Harmonized Tariff Schedule classification of the goods and products included in the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor and Forced Labor and List of Product Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor. All sources are publicly available for review.

For additional details related to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule and Classification Methodology, please read more.


Comments or Questions

To submit comments or questions regarding the Better Trade Tool, please email GlobalKids@dol.gov


Better Trade Tool Disclaimer

The Better Trade Tool aims to provide users an increased level of visibility into the goods imported into the U.S. from the countries included in ILAB reporting. The fact that goods are identified as being produced by forced or child labor in a particular country does not indicate that the specific goods imported into the U.S. were produced by child labor, forced labor, or forced or indentured child labor. Rather, it indicates that the goods may have been produced under higher risk conditions for these violations, based on ILAB's research pertaining to the findings of forced and child labor in goods and countries around the world. The information in this tool does not constitute legal advice. We encourage users to utilize the findings gathered from this tool to inform their social compliance and supply chain transparency efforts.