The company also said its facility in Xinjiang that supplies sugar to a local bottling facility that has been linked to allegations of forced labor “successfully completed an audit in 2019.”
Greg Rossiter, director of global communications at Nike, said it “did not lobby against” the bill but did engage in “constructive discussions” with congressional staff aides.
Nike responded to the forced labor claims by referring to a March statement that said the company does not source products from the region and ensures that its supplies are not using materials from Xinjiang.
It also said its factory in Qingdao stopped hiring workers from Xinjiang in 2019 and conducted an audit to determine whether there were any employees from the region at the facility.
The bill would require companies sending goods to the US to examine the supply chains and possibly drop business with Chinese suppliers.
It would also ban importing goods made “in whole or in part” in Xinjiang unless the companies can prove that the products were not made with forced labor.