Forced Labor Legislation in the US

What you need to know




The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, passed in December 2021, made rules against forced labor important for businesses. But, this wasn't the first time the U.S. made a law to stop forced labor in worldwide supply chains.

In this guide, we share details about the forced labor laws that have the biggest effect on U.S. businesses.

Get a better understanding of which laws your business must comply with and how to be prepared.



Key finding on the prevalence of forced labor 

64% Of all social audits had at least one indicator of forced labor.

36% Of all social audits had multiple indicators of forced labor.

Lower tiers More indicators of forced labor were found on average in audits in the lower tiers of the supply chain. 

Key laws in effect

There are several laws that businesses located in, or selling in, the US must abide by that were put in place to prevent, identify, and mitigate forced labor in supply chains. 

Map - USA

Withhold Release Orders (Tariff Act)

Map - Uyghur

Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

Map - California

California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

Map - North America

USMCA Forced Labor Provision