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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: updates on litigation in the Doe v. Nestle case; a private...more

International developments on modern slavery

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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

Modern slavery - an update and reminder about annual slavery and human trafficking statements

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You might have missed "#AntiSlaveryDay" on 18 October but its very existence and the number of social media posts it generated are positive signs of the growing awareness of modern slavery as a global issue. Here in the UK,...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

Tackling Modern Slavery

by Dechert LLP on

Pressure on businesses to do more to address slavery is ramping-up. In July, the UK Prime Minister described slavery as ‘the greatest human rights issue of our time’. Today, 18 October, marks Anti-Slavery Day in the UK....more

European Health Care Compliance Challenges (And Solutions)

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Life sciences and health care companies (“health care companies”) rightly invest a significant amount of time and money into ensuring compliance with health care regulations in the countries in which they are based, but...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: October 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: an important decision by the Supreme Court of British Columbia...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?

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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

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

Modern slavery reporting rises five-fold

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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

The ill-treatment of domestic migrant workers because of their immigration status does not amount to race discrimination under the...

by DLA Piper on

The recent case of Taiwo v Olgaigbe and another; Onu v Akwiwu and another [2016] UKSC 31 has highlighted the issues which can arise in respect of the employment rights of migrant workers. The case involved Ms Taiwo and Ms...more

Minerals Matters - Spring 2016

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Minerals Matters is DLA Piper's bi-annual publication which showcases the breadth and depth of our experience in the mining and minerals sector across our office network and in all practice areas. In this issue, we...more

9 Ways Brexit May Affect UK Compliance Regulations

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After the UK’s momentous vote to leave the European Union, the country faces two years of exit negotiations and the re-drawing of regulations. So what might Brexit mean for ethics and compliance in the UK?...more

An Organizational Response to Global Compliance Challenges

The following is part II of a guest post by Alison Taylor and James Cohen. A consensus has emerged as to what an effective anti-corruption compliance program looks like – its components and success factors. At the same...more

U.N. Guiding Principles: Reflections on the Last Five Years

Five years ago, on June 16, 2011, the way we view the human rights responsibilities of companies changed. On that day, the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and...more

UK Modern Slavery Act Disclosure Requirements In Effect

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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

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: June 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: new guidance for boards of directors on business and human...more

Corporate Supply Chains and the Elimination of the Consumptive Demand Exception

President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 into law in February of this year. In doing so, he eliminated the “consumptive demand exception,” a long-standing loophole in the general...more

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