Combating Forced Labor in Corporate Supply Chains: Recent Developments

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Thursday, May 27, 2021
12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Governments, both in the US and abroad, are ratcheting up pressure on companies to address forced labor in their supply chains. The US Department

of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) in recent months has detained shipments at the border following investigations

into forced labor. The US House of Representatives has passed two bills that together would impose import bans, sanctions, and reporting

requirements on activities related to allegations of forced labor and China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). These actions are in

addition to export controls and sanctions restrictions targeting individuals and entities implicated in human rights abuses, including forced labor.

Governments outside the United States have announced similar initiatives to address the use of forced labor in corporate supply chains. Companies

also face liability and reputational risks from human rights litigation. Based on the scope and scale of these activities, companies should take steps to

ensure they adequately address the risks of forced labor and other human rights issues in their supply chains. In this program, panelists from

government, industry, academia, and private practice will address recent legal developments and enforcement tools targeting the use of forced labor

in corporate supply chains. They will also discuss best practices for companies seeking to root out forced labor from their supply chains and mitigate

related legal and enforcement risks.


Carlos Busquets, Senior Director of Public Policy, Responsible Business Alliance

Rachel Chambers, Assistant Prof., University of Connecticut, Human Rights Institute
Jonathan Drimmer, Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP
Ana Hinojosa, US Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs & Border Protection • Michael M. Lieberman, US Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control
Meredith Rathbone, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP (Moderator)

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