As we continue to tackle social justice and climate change issues, it is important that we shine a light on the importance of fighting for human rights at home and abroad. Multinational corporations often indirectly rely on suppliers that pillage and pollute the environment, provide awful working conditions, and jeopardize the human rights of those involved.
Recently, there has been a lot of progress in holding these multinational corporations accountable for human rights abuses. It is important that we continue to hold multinational corporations accountable through public exposure of their human rights violations, audits, and monitoring from the United Nations. However, these abuses are less likely to be addressed as one looks down the supply chain. It is imperative that we begin to focus our efforts into addressing environmental, workplace, health, and financial abuses from supply chain enterprises that receive less attention.
I propose that the federal government provide standards for procurement that recognizes the impacts of global companies that provide supplies for products which are produced, marketed, or sold by large national and multinational companies in the United States. I would also consider expanding these standards to corporate environmental review so that we can shed a light on the supply chain to best address human rights violations.