Protecting Human Rights through Government Procurement

Publication Date: 

May 19, 2015


International Labor Rights Forum

No other consumer in the world has greater influence on human rights worldwide than the US Government.  Yet, federal procurement policy is like a human rights sieve with gaping holes.  It still allows US government agencies and entities to purchase goods made in deathtrap factories in Bangladesh or in other factories that do not comply with internationally-recognized human rights without investigating risk to workers or seeking remedy for workers who have been harmed.  ILRF proposes five steps the US Government should take to exercise its duty to protect workers’ human rights through procurement.