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The UK Modern Slavery Act – A Compliance Primer for Fund Managers

Starting this year, a significant number of fund managers based all over the world will be among the approximately 12,000 companies that will be required to publish an annual statement under the transparency provisions of the...more

Advancing Human Rights Claims Based on Global Supply Chain Activities: Recent Developments in California and Canada

Courts in California and Canada have emerged as testing grounds for advancing claims of forced labor in global supply chains.  The plaintiffs’ approach is to make companies more accountable to “soft law” norms like the UN...more

Tidal lagoons - turning the tide

This article was originally published in Building.co.uk, and is reproduced with permission. Charles Hendry, an ex-energy minister, found in his recently published report that tidal lagoons can play a cost effective role in...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

Changing of the Guard: SEC Reconsiders Conflict Minerals Rule While Congress Votes to Overturn ‘Publish What You Pay’ Reporting...

In the wake of the US elections in November 2016, two of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) disclosure rules for public reporting companies — the conflict minerals rule and government payments reporting for...more

The Trump Administration-Part III: Preparing for a Catastrophe

Writing in her weekly New York Times (NYT) Fair Game column, in a piece entitled “The Trump Effect: Time To Buckle Up”, Gretchen Morgenson noted, “investors are now scratching their heads trying to figure out what his...more

SEC Issues a Call for Comments on All Aspects of the Conflict Minerals Rule

On January 31, the Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Michael Piwowar, issued an call for comments with regard to the conflict minerals rule. The rule was originally adopted by the SEC in...more

The naked truth: Why your supply chain could leave you exposed

If you are a business owner dealing with suppliers, you are potentially at risk of penalty for corruption related offences....more

Human Rights and Global Supply Chains

Fashion retailers need to be vigilant to prevent human rights abuses in their supply chains whilst complying with their legal obligations. The UK’s Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights is investigating human...more

Commercial Contract Risk in 2017

Coming off a record year in car sales, it’s expected that warranty and recall costs will continue to be on the rise. With that in mind, it’s vital that OEMs and suppliers have both their foreign and domestic contracts in...more

OPEC Cuts: What now for the Supply Chain?

On Wednesday 30 November 2016, the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) reached an agreement that committed its members to introduce oil production limits for the first time in eight years. It is hoped...more

NIST Updates Cybersecurity Framework Guidance

In the past month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a draft update to its flagship cybersecurity framework as well as new standalone guidance on how organizations can plan to recover from...more

Mining & Metals 2017: A tentative return to form

With miners staging a recovery on equity markets in 2016 and China concerns easing, growth is back on the agenda. But the recovery is not without its challenges and uncertainties....more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - January 2017

False Ad Suit Survives When Consumers "Swept Into" Purchase - Why It Matters - A California Court of Appeal found that plaintiff consumers had raised triable issues of fact on whether they suffered damages in...more

Hot Topics in Supply Chain Compliance

The last few years have seen a proliferation of new supply chain-focused regulations and other compliance obligations, a trend which isn’t likely to abate any time soon. In this Alert, we provide an overview of selected...more

NIST Releases Update to Cybersecurity Framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued an update to its Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, which includes information relating to managing supply chain risks,...more

Privacy Alert: NIST Updates Cybersecurity Framework to Address Supply Chain Security

Last week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a measurement standards laboratory in the United States Department of Commerce, released draft version 1.1 of its Framework for Improving Critical...more

The U.S. Issues a National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On December 16, 2016, the United States launched a National Action Plan (the “U.S. NAP”) on Responsible Business Conduct. The U.S. NAP seeks to operationalize the government’s role in encouraging responsible business conduct...more

EPA's First Regulation of Nanomaterials May Impact Supply Chains

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a controversial rule requiring all persons who propose to commence manufacturing or processing certain nanoscale materials, or who have done so in the...more

Things Manufacturers Should Be Watching In 2017 In The Areas of Corporate Compliance / Litigation

As is our annual tradition, this is the first in a series of posts that provide industry and legal outlooks for manufacturers as we head into 2017. I will start with corporate compliance and litigation. Matt will follow...more

Managing global telecom supply chains – What telecommunications companies need to know about trade control laws

Maintaining a global supply chain brings its share of commercial, financial, and regulatory risks. Increasingly, telecommunications companies with global operations and suppliers are finding that U.S. trade control laws...more

Litigation Update: Plaintiffs Survive Motion to Dismiss in Case Involving Claims of Forced Labor in Corporate Supply Chains

January 11 2017 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and therefore a good time to revisit some recent litigation developments. On November 9, a date on which most of the American media was focused on the Presidential...more

What the FDA has in store for the food industry in 2017

As Life Sciences Decoded looks forward in 2017, it is clear that FDA-regulated industries have a great deal of change confronting them. Last year, 2016, was a landmark year for the FDA and food regulations, as the agency...more

Record Sales! But...

As has been reported all over, it looks like the Automotive industry will set some sales records in 2016 (see here, here, and here for example). As summarized by JD Power, “The full-year sales forecast of 17.5 million units...more

A "force" to be reckoned with: 1307 practice and the US prohibition on goods made with forced labor

Since 1930, 19 U.S.C. 1307 prohibited importation of goods made wholly or partly by convict forced, or indentured labour under penal sanctions, and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was charged with enforcing this law....more

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