Supply Chain Risk Mitigation: Forced Labor and Human Rights Violations, and Social Compliance System Requirements

A live 90-minute CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

1:00pm-2:30pm EST, 10:00am-11:30am PST

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, December 4, 2020

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This CLE webinar will provide counsel with guidance on reviewing supply chains for compliance and assessing the risks related to violations of human rights regulations and potential forced labor. The panel will provide a framework for assessing the liability throughout a company's supply chain and a structure for compliance within the international community that has increasingly implemented environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) legislation to hold companies accountable for noncompliance with human rights violations.

Description

The U.S. and other governments have cracked down on alleged forced labor and other human rights abuses worldwide, most visibly related to the treatment of the Chinese Uyghur community. This has resulted in proposed legislation and import bans, economic sanctions, and export controls. Companies must examine how existing compliance programs need to adapt to navigate these restrictions' and their commercial and legal impacts.

Counsel to businesses throughout the supply chain should conduct comprehensive risk assessments with suppliers to determine potential or actual negative issues to address via establishing "adequate procedures."

Counsel will also want to consider a risk-based approach to managing third parties to prioritize risk management efforts and conduct screening and monitoring on an ongoing basis. To meet these obligations, compliance processes that include auditing, training programs, policies, and reporting mechanisms should be established throughout the supply chain.

Companies that have already established ESG as part of their governance should consider including human rights risk assessments and audits as part of their corporate due diligence. Counsel to companies that have yet to adopt ESG may want to consider comprehensive corporate governance that acknowledges the synergies of compliance, legal requirements, and social responsibility.

Due to the global movement of trade, counsel must be conversant with several current and proposed statutes, including the U.S. Slave-Free Business Certification Act, the U.K. Modern Slavery Act of 2015, and the 2010 California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, among others. The newest restrictions would require major corporations to audit and report forced labor in their supply chains with significant penalties for negligent oversight.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses the rise of legislation to restrict the use of forced labor and products created in violation of other human rights. Learn how to provide a corporate board with the best practices for compliance with these legal requirements and establish governance for the current global market.

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Outline

  1. Mitigating risk in the supply chain
    1. Conduct a comprehensive risk assessment
    2. Extend compliance efforts to the supply chain
    3. Synergies between compliance, legal, and corporate social responsibility
  2. Regulations
    1. The U.S.
    2. The European Union and United Kingdom

Benefits

The panel will review these and other relevant topics:

  • What must a corporate board consider when addressing a potential supply chain risk of forced labor?
  • What are the best ways to mitigate the risk of forced labor violations in the supply chain?
  • How can a corporate board adopt appropriate governance that incorporates human rights into ESG?
  • What legal risks exist in the U.S. and other countries for violations of current and proposed anti-slavery legislation?

Faculty

Guerrero, Francesca
Francesca M.S. Guerrero

Partner
Thompson Hine

Ms. Guerrero regularly counsels clients on compliance with export controls, sanctions, import regulations, and the FCPA...  |  Read More

Parella, Kish
Kish Parella

Associate Professor of Law
Washington and Lee University

Professor Parella teaches courses at the intersection of law and business, including contracts, international business...  |  Read More

Young, M. Scott
M. Scott Young

Partner
Thompson Hine

Mr. Young advises employers on, and litigates, all aspects of labor and employment law. This includes cases involving...  |  Read More

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