US takes action on North Korea’s forced labor

The US Administration is taking action to address the use of North Korean forced labour in global supply chains. Companies have been put on notice that they may face fines and other sanctions if labour from North Korea is present anywhere in their supply chains.

A State Department advisory, published online, also provided the most detailed and comprehensive public listing to date of more than 40 countries and about a dozen industries where North Koreans were employed in 2017 and 2018, in violation of United Nations sanctions.

The advisory also names more than 230 North Korean companies that have joint ventures with partners from China and other countries. The companies produce a variety of items, including apparel, small electronics and minerals. American manufacturers face legal repercussions if they bought materials produced by those joint ventures.

Sonja DuncanComment