In May 2016, CBIS attended the Nucor annual shareholders’ meeting to question executives on initiatives to prevent slave labor in the company’s Brazilian supply chain, and its disclosure to shareholders of its progress.
In the fourth quarter of 2014, Nucor issued an update of steps it is taking to combat human trafficking in Brazil. In 2007, investigations revealed the prevalence of forced labor and armed surveillance by charcoal producers in Northern Brazil. Because charcoal is an input in Nucor’s steel production, the company has taken steps to eradicate slave labor from its supply chain. A new update from Nucor reported that between May 2010 and June 2014, 822 random, unannounced audits of charcoal facilities supplying its member pig iron manufacturers were conducted, covering ~25,000 laborers, and the ICC found no instances of forced labor or armed surveillance by employers or hired guards.