THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S LIST OF GOODS PRODUCED BY CHILD LABOR OR FORCED LABOR
Report Required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Acts of 2005 and 2008
The United States Department of Labor
Bureau of International Labor Affairs
Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking
"Most Americans and most consumers in the world market would not choose to purchase goods known to be produced by exploited children or forced laborers at any price. Likewise, most American companies would prefer that their global suppliers respect workers’ and children’s fundamental rights and provide their employees with working conditions that meet acceptable local standards. However, to translate these values and preferences into daytoday purchasing decisions, firms and consumers need reliable information about the labor conditions under which goods are produced. In 2005, Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, directing the Secretary of Labor and the Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) to compile “a list of goods that ILAB has reason to believe were produced using forced labor or child labor” in order to provide consumers and firms with this type of information.
"This report presents that list of goods. The research on which the list is based builds on fifteen years of investigation, analysis and reporting on these and related issues by ILAB. Since 1993, ILAB has published over 20 reports on exploitive labor practices worldwide, including our annual Department of Labor’s Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor."