Apple Whitewashes Its China Human Rights Record

On the heels of reports that slave labor is utilized in the supply chain for the manufacturing of its products — and that it lobbies in Washington DC to fend off penalties for doing so — Apple released its “People and Environment in Our Supply Chain” review last week, which it produces annually. In keeping […]

As China is Called Out Over Genocide, BlackRock Sees a Business Opportunity

At a time when many nations in the West — including the United States — are condemning China for human rights abuses and genocide against the Muslim Uyghurs, investment firm BlackRock and CEO Larry Fink are doubling down on their business partnership with the communist government. From Pensions & Investments: Bing Ji was named general […]

Will BlackRock Thwart Progress on China Human Rights?

BlackRock, the world’s biggest money manager, has successfully placed executives from its own ranks in key positions on President Joe Biden’s economic team. Considering the firm’s clear emphasis on progressive policies in investment decisions – called Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) – it doesn’t surprise that its alumni would be among the economic decision-makers at […]

REPORT: Apple Lobbying to Water Down Bill That Would Protect Uyghurs

Last month National Legal and Policy Center reported, based on disclosure reports discovered by tech news Web site The Information, that Apple Inc. had hired a Washington lobbying firm to aid its efforts to modify the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. It wasn’t known at the time what influence Apple hoped to exert on the shaping of the bill, […]

Billboard Critical of LeBron James Hypocrisy on China is Censored

From the New York Post by Isabel Vincent: Shot blocked. A government watchdog recently tried to post a bold message on giant billboards during he NBA finals about LeBron James’ refusal to speak out against Chinese human-rights abuses, but was rejected by the sign company. The Virginia-based National Legal and Policy Center was poised to […]

Wall Street Journal Letter: Poor Larry Fink

The Wall Street Journal today published this letter from NLPC Chairman Peter Flaherty: Pity the situation of BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, who finds himself being mau-maued by green activists at his annual stockholder meeting for not doing enough to disinvest from fossil-fuel companies. One way he can expiate his sins is to disinvest in the […]

Apple Shareholder Files Proposal on Free Speech

National Legal and Policy Center has submitted a shareholder proposal asking Apple Inc. to made a report on human rights, and specifically, free speech. The 2019 Apple annual meeting will take place in Cupertino, California in early 2019. Here is the text of the proposal and supporting statement: Whereas, the Securities and Exchange Commission has […]