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Human Rights Due Diligence

New guidance for lawyers advising businesses on human rights risks

by DLA Piper on

On 17 July 2017, the International Bar Association Legal Policy and Research Unit (LPRU) released a Handbook for Lawyers on Business and Human Rights to provide guidance for business lawyers and their corporate clients on how...more

Foley Hoag Releases Summary Report on Good Practices for Oil Pipelines, as Commissioned by the Dakota Access Consortium of Lenders

On May 9, we released a public summary of our report “Good Practice for Managing the Social Impacts of Oil Pipelines in the United States.” The independent report was prepared by Amy Lehr, Cicely Parseghian, and Gare...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a jury verdict in the Quinteros v. DynCorp litigation; the latest...more

France Adopts a New Law Requiring Companies to Diligence their Supply Chains in Relation to Human Rights, Environmental, and...

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On March 27, 2017, the French Parliament adopted a Law On The Duty Of Vigilance For Parent And Subcontracting Companies. The law amends the Commerce Code and requires companies to establish and implement a plan for...more

The SEC and the Conflict Minerals Rule: What You Need to Know about the Latest Developments

It is clear that Michael Piwowar, Acting Chairman of the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) is not a fan of the conflict minerals rule. Earlier this month, the Acting Chairman and the Division of Corporation Finance...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - April 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: an effort by Twitter to enjoin U.S. Government demands for...more

Dutch and French Legislatures Introduce New Human Rights Due Diligence Reporting Requirements

by Littler on

In February 2017, legislatures in the Netherlands and France took significant steps to implement mandatory due diligence and reporting rules regarding the impact of an employer's operations and supply chains on human rights. ...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - February 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a federal court decision holding that U.S.-based companies may be...more

Proposed French Law Would Impose New Due Diligence Obligations on Certain Employers and Their Supply Chains

by Littler on

On November 29, 2016, France’s National Assembly adopted the text of a bill (the “Bill”) that, if enacted, would create new due diligence obligations for large French companies regarding their subsidiaries’ and supply chain...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: new reports on the corporate responsibility to respect human...more

Palm Oil Supply Chain Abuses Reported by Amnesty International: Steps to Mitigate Legal Risk

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Amnesty International recently released a report alleging that supply chains for production of palm oil—a common ingredient in many consumer products—are tainted by forced and child labor. In the nearly 150-page report titled...more

Don’t Let Forced Labor and Bribery in Your Supply Chain Spoil the Holidays

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The holiday retail season is an ideal time to check that forced labor and bribery—two top and interconnected supply-chain threats—do not undermine the success of your critical sales period. Not long ago, many in the...more

Arguing the business case for respecting human rights

by DLA Piper on

The business case for respecting human rights is becoming increasingly evident. Not only does it fulfill a business’ responsibility to be an ethical actor in society, it is also an integral part of sound risk management, good...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: October 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the first annual report from the U.K. Anti-Slavery Commissioner;...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: September 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the GAO’s latest report on the conflict minerals rule; a civil...more

Using Information on Human Rights Impacts to Drive Social Performance

New legislative requirements and stakeholder concerns have driven many companies to implement systems to identify and address the potential human rights impacts of their operations. Companies increasingly realize the...more

The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Ranks Large Companies' Human Rights Performance

by Littler on

In 2011, the United Nations adopted the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (“UN Guiding Principles”), which provide non-binding guidelines on how employers should conduct their business activities to provide...more

Human Rights Expectations for the Banking Sector: A New Report from Foley Hoag and UNEP FI

Attorneys in Foley Hoag’s Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) practice and the U.N. Environment Programme Finance Initiative (“UNEP FI”) recently collaborated on a report analyzing the implications of the U.N. Guiding...more

SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule Still Unconstitutional, Says D.C. Circuit

On August 18, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reaffirmed that both Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act and its implementing Conflict Minerals Rule issued by the SEC violate the...more

The Modern Slavery Act 2015

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The UK’s Modern Slavery Act is an effort by the government to end all forms of labour exploitation. The UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 aims to prevent all forms of labour exploitation and increase transparency of labour...more

In Canada, Foreign Workers Seek to Use International Norms as the Standard of Care in Negligence Claims Against Multinationals...

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Non-Canadian workers are increasingly suing their employers in Canadian courts for human rights violations allegedly committed outside Canada by the companies themselves or by other entities in their supply chains. This...more

U.K. Modern Slavery Act: New Disclosure Requirements for Companies Operating in the United Kingdom

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Companies that do business in the United Kingdom should assess their exposure to the U.K. Modern Slavery Act, which goes into effect this October. The transparency provisions of the Act are applicable to companies that do any...more

The Advent of Privately Developed Corporate Human Rights Reporting Frameworks

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In response to the increasing global awareness that companies need to evaluate the effects their operations have on human rights, private entities and organizations have developed arguably competing guidance to achieve that...more

Reflections on the Evolving Business and Human Rights Agenda

As mentioned in last week’s post, participants in the Voluntary Principles Initiative recently held their Annual Plenary Meeting. The discussions began with opening addresses from Professor John Ruggie, the former U.N....more

Telecommunications Companies Release Guiding Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy

The Telecommunications Industry Dialogue, a group of eight telecommunications companies, recently published a set of Guiding Principles on freedom of expression and privacy. Originally formed in 2011, the Industry Dialogue...more

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