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Senate inquiry finds BMW imported cars tied to forced labor in China

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🗞️ Driving the news: A Senate inquiry revealed that BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, and Volkswagen imported parts linked to forced labor in Xinjiang, China, despite being notified about the issue
• BMW continued to import these components into the U.S. even after the warning, violating American law

🔭 The context: The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act prohibits importing goods from Xinjiang unless proven free of forced labor
• Despite warnings from suppliers, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover imported parts made by a Chinese company flagged for forced labor practices

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This issue highlights the challenges automakers face in ensuring ethical supply chains and the broader implications for human rights and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards in global trade

⏭️ What's next: The Senate Finance Committee urges U.S. Customs to enhance enforcement against forced labor violations, potentially leading to stricter scrutiny and compliance measures for automakers

💬 One quote: "Automakers are sticking their heads in the sand and then swearing they can’t find any forced labor in their supply chains," said Senator Ron Wyden

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