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Supply Chain Human Trafficking & Slave Labor

Australia Proposes Modern Slavery Reporting Requirements for Multinationals – An Overview and Comparison to Existing Corporate...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The Australian Government has released a consultation paper proposing the adoption of legislation that would require many multinationals operating in Australia to publicly report on modern slavery risk in their business and...more

Update on Australian Modern Slavery Reporting Requirements

by DLA Piper on

The Australian Federal Government has on 16 August 2017 issued a consultation paper seeking industry commentary and feedback on the Government's proposal to create a "Modern Slavery in Supply Chains' Reporting Requirement",...more

Procurement Pressure: The Convergence Of Supply And Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

With a growing number of complex regulations and directives, the only thing that is constant right now in the regulatory environment is change. Supply chain leaders and compliance professionals alike continue to grapple with...more

Using a Human Rights Lens to Strengthen Your Anti-Corruption Compliance Program

Companies are increasingly expected to manage the human rights impacts of their activities. This expectation is embedded in new legislative requirements, in the requirements of business partners and investors, and in the...more

Australia’s Consideration of a New Modern Slavery Act: What You Need to Know

Corporate counsel must increasingly assess the implications of new transparency statutes that require companies to make public disclosures as to their efforts to address certain human rights-related risks in connection with...more

Reminder: Modern Slavery Statement Deadline

by Dechert LLP on

A gentle reminder for all those with a turnover above £36 million and doing business in the UK. ...more

UK: New Rules On Modern Slavery

by Dentons on

The UK has been leading the way in the battle to combat modern slavery in Europe. New rules have been in force since October 2015, which require businesses to report what they are doing to tackle slavery and human...more

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

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

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

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

Hot Topics in Supply Chain Compliance

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

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

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

International developments on modern slavery

by DLA Piper on

International developments on modern slavery - US Customs has seized four shipments seeking to enter the US this year. This follows developments early in 2016 when President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade...more

The Modern Slavery Act 2015: Effects on the Property Industry One Year On

by Reed Smith on

Modern Slavery is broadly a term covering slavery, forced labour, servitude and human trafficking. It has been described as “the great human rights issue of our time” by Theresa May. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was...more

Top 10 Litigation Risks and Trends for Retailers

by Perkins Coie on

With the 2016 holiday shopping season in full swing, the risk of litigation heightens for retailers. We created our own version of a “holiday list” to identify the top-10 risk areas where retailers may be vulnerable to claims...more

Modern Slavery Business Reporting: Beyond Compliance

by Reed Smith on

A year after the introduction of the business reporting obligation in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 we take a look at the approach taken to statements to date and possible future developments in this area. Introduction...more

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

by Perkins Coie on

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

U.K. now requires supply chain transparency on human trafficking risks

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In Part I of our two-part series, we discussed the worldwide issue of modern-day slavery and the California response. In this second part, we discuss the latest response in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom...more

Modern slavery statements – ready, steady, publish?

by Dentons on

For each financial year ending on or after 31 March 2016, organisations with an annual turnover of at least £36 million are required, under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act), to publish a modern slavery statement. The Act...more

Doing business in California or the UK? You may be required to be a watchdog for human trafficking

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “After drug dealing, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the second largest criminal industry in the world, and is the fastest growing.” As...more

Slavery and Human Trafficking: How Businesses Can Manage their Risks

by K&L Gates LLP on

“Whatever day makes man a slave, takes half his worth away.” Trafficked labour and slavery are very much at the top of the global agenda. Global organisations need to be increasingly aware of their ethical and legal...more

The War on Modern Slavery Continues

On July 30, 2016, newly-elected British Prime Minister, Theresa May, wrote an article detailing how her government would lead the charge in combatting modern slavery. As a major proponent of the UK Modern Slavery Act (and one...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: August 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....more

Modern slavery reporting rises five-fold

by Dentons on

Recent reports have suggested that there has been a steep rise in modern slavery reporting. This indicates that efforts to highlight the issue have been somewhat successful. The Salvation Army has confirmed that it supported...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: July 2016

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 new lawsuit aimed at combating human trafficking in corporate...more

UK Modern Slavery Act Disclosure Requirements In Effect

by Fisher Phillips on

The UK Modern Slavery Act, which was signed into law on March 26, 2015, is now in effect. In addition to setting forth muscular penalties and enforcement mechanisms to address practices including “slavery, servitude, and...more

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