January 14, 2019

The Principles

The Model Principles are the core of the Model Policies. They are a Business’s high level articulation of its commitment to address Labor Trafficking and Child Labor.  They are also the only portion of the Model Policies that were adopted by the ABA as its official Policy.  There are four Model Principles for Businesses and four Model Principles for Suppliers, and at this level they are the same for each:

Principle 1—The Business/Supplier will Prohibit Labor Trafficking and Child Labor in its Operations.

Principle 2—The Business/Supplier will Conduct a Risk Assessment of the Risk of Labor Trafficking and Child Labor and Continually Monitor Implementation of this Policy.

Principle 3—The Business/Supplier should: (i) Train Relevant Employees, (ii) Engage in Continuous Improvement, and (iii) Maintain Effective Communications Mechanisms with its Suppliers.

Principle 4—The Business/Supplier will Devise a Remediation Policy and Plan that Addresses Remediation for Labor Trafficking or Child Labor in its Operation 

As explained under ABA House of Delegates Approval Materials, the ABA House of Delegates also passed a second resolution urging businesses to adopt policies that are consistent with the Model Principles.

Part II. Model Principles

A. MODEL BUSINESS PRINCIPLES 

Principle 1—The Business will Prohibit Labor Trafficking and Child Labor in its Operations. 

Principle 2—The Business will Conduct a Risk Assessment of the Risk of Labor Trafficking and Child Labor and Continually Monitor Implementation of this Policy. 

Principle 3—The Business should: (i) Train Relevant Employees, (ii) Engage in Continuous Improvement, and (iii) Maintain Effective Communications Mechanisms with its Suppliers. 

Principle 4—The Business will Devise a Remediation Policy and Plan that Addresses Remediation for Labor Trafficking or Child Labor in its Operations. 

B. MODEL SUPPLIER PRINCIPLES 

Principle 1—The Supplier will Prohibit Labor Trafficking and Child Labor in its Operations. 

Principle 2—The Supplier will Conduct a Risk Assessment of the Risk of Labor Trafficking and Child Labor and Continually Monitor Implementation of this Policy. 

Principle 3—The Supplier should: (i) Train Relevant Employees, (ii) Engage in Continuous Improvement, and (iii) Maintain Effective Communications Mechanisms with its Suppliers. 

Principle 4 —The Supplier will Devise a Remediation Policy and Plan that Addresses Remediation for Labor Trafficking or Child Labor in its Operations.