Letter from Keith Krach to Business Leaders on Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory
It is critical that U.S. companies and individuals be aware of the large-scale human rights abuses perpetrated by the PRC government in Xinjiang. Businesses should evaluate their exposure to the risks that result from partnering with, investing in, and otherwise providing support to companies that operate in or are linked to Xinjiang.
Dear business colleagues,
I write to bring your attention to an important advisory from the U.S. government. On July 1, the Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, and Homeland Security together published the “Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory,” a clear statement of concern for the attention of U.S. companies, investors, and their business partners around the world. As Secretary of State Pompeo stated when he announced this advisory, U.S. businesses with potential supply chain and investment exposure to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang) or to facilities outside Xinjiang that use labor or goods from Xinjiang should consider the reputational, economic, and legal risks of involvement with entities that engage in human rights abuses, including forced labor in the manufacture of goods intended for domestic and international distribution.