Supply Chain Transparency: Proposed Fashion Act and EU Directive, Existing Supply Chain Legislation

Implementing Controls for Complex Due Diligence and Disclosure Requirements

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

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

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

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This CLE webinar will advise counsel on the concept of supply chain transparency and two proposed laws that may force companies in the U.S. and EU to provide transparency into production partnerships and account for impacts incurred throughout their supply chain. The panel will discuss New York's Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act and the EU directive on Mandatory Human Rights, Environmental and Good Governance Due Diligence and how these proposed laws, together with California's Garment Worker Protection Act and the federal Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, address specific labor-related concerns. The panel will discuss best practices for companies in this rapidly evolving area of law.

Description

In the past, managers knew little about the production process, and supply chain transparency was virtually unknown. A combination of existing laws and proposed legislation will require suppliers to provide unprecedented transparency into the production process and accounts.

California's Garment Worker Protection Act and the federal Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act are current laws designed to address specific labor-related concerns. Several EU countries, notably France and Germany, have implemented targeted laws relating to modern slavery and human rights, which do not address the apparels' more significant social and environmental impacts.

In January 2022, the New York State Legislature proposed the Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act (Fashion Act). The law would make New York the first state to "effectively hold the biggest brands in fashion to account for their role in climate change." Similar legislation with broader implications has been proposed in Europe--a year before the announcement of the Fashion Act, the EU unveiled its directive on Mandatory Human Rights, Environmental and Good Governance Due Diligence (EU Directive).

Penalties for noncompliance with the EU Directive appear more severe than those laid out in the Fashion Act and include fines, exclusion from public tendering and procurement opportunities, import bans, and other administrative sanctions or civil liabilities.

With a global supply chain and evolving regulations in this area, there are unknown risks within a firm's global supply chain or network partnerships which can lead to penalties related to violations of labor conditions, corruption, and environmental protection. The Fashion Act, the EU Directive, and existing U.S. and EU legislation are examples of growing public and regulatory interest. It would be wise for companies, regardless of their size and industry, to begin to take steps to understand the impacts associated with their supply chain.

Listen as our expert panel discusses the current status of supply chain transparency regulation and what are the best practices in compliance with U.S. and international laws.

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Outline

  1. Supply chain transparency regulation
    1. Garment Worker Protection Act
    2. Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act
    3. Fashion Act
    4. EU Directive
    5. ESG policies
  2. Best practices

Benefits

The panel will address these and other relevant topics:

  • What are the requirements for compliance with California's Garment Worker Protection Act and the federal Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act?
  • What are the associated penalties with the Fashion Act and the EU Directive?
  • What are best practices for compliance with ongoing supply chain transparency regulations?

Faculty

Chandler, Alexis
Alexis B. Chandler

Attorney
Squire Patton Boggs

Ms. Chandler is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice, where she works with other litigators in representing...  |  Read More

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