Exposure of Labour Abuses in Myanmar: What Companies Need to Consider Before Investing in Supply Chain Relationships

In light of the recent report outlining the shocking working conditions in Myanmar garment factories, we look at how organisations considering investing in the region should react to reports such as this; the practicalities of investing in such an industry/region as well as the factors organisations should consider when entering into new supplier relationships to ensure their supply chain and organisation remains slavery free.  Please click below to read the full article by Simon Garbett and Beverley Smith.

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Responsible Sourcing For Garment and Footwear Manufacturers, Brands, and Retailers – New Guidance from the OECD

On February 8, 2017, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) issued its Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector.  The Guidance promotes a framework of actions that enterprises in this sector can use to address and reduce the negative human rights impacts of their business activities.  It’s not only a suggested framework from OECD, but it will likely be an outline that NGOs and activists will use as they review, analyze, and score the efforts and disclosures of enterprises in the sector.   Check out this link for the basic recommendations for supply chain due diligence, a full outline of the Guidance, and specific approaches to address child labour and forced labour.

National Food Crime Whistleblowing: Time to Review Safeguards Against Supply Chain Threats?

On November 28, 2016, the Food Standards Agency’s National Food Crime Unit launched “Food Crime Confidential”, a reporting facility targeted at those working in or around the UK food industry, where anyone with suspicions about food crime can confidentially report them over the phone or through email.  Rob Elvin, Partner in our Manchester office, and Nicola Smith, Senior Associate in our  Birmingham office,  take a look at the background of the launch, the requirement to monitor and assess supply chain threat and the challenges and opportunities for food business operators.

To download, please click here:  National Food Crime Whistleblowing: Time to Review Safeguards Against Supply Chain Threats?

An interview with Smart Industry: New supply-chain insights, new supply-chain lawsuits

 

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Recently Smart Industry, an information resource on the digital transformation of manufacturing and related industries, interviewed Rosemary Coates and Sarah Rathke on technology’s impact on supply chain disputes.  Rosemary and Sarah provide insight into how technology can provide support, transparency, and traceability of data but can also be used against companies in data breaches and legal disputes.  Manufacturers need to be aware of what data is being recorded as any information collected has the potential to become fair game in litigation.  The interview also discusses some of the common causes of supply chain disputes and the technological developments that are impacting it.

Legal BlacksmithThe interview can be read here.

Rosemary Coates and Sarah Rathke are co-authors of “Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes.”

 

 

Guest Post: Combating Forced Labor Practices in Supply Chains

The following is a guest post from Laura Klick and Ludmilla Savelieff  providing highlights from the ABA Section on International Law’s recent event on the government’s initiatives to combat forced labor practices.  Both Laura and Ludmilla are based in our Washington D.C. office where they specialize in advising on complex regulatory, legislative and legal issues in both the domestic and international sphere.  

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ABA Section of International Law: “Recent Initiatives by the U.S. Government to Combat Forced Labor Practices: Workability of Measure and Implications for Supply Chains”
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Modern Slavery – UK Update

The UK government has announced £8.5 million of funding to help tackle modern slavery, which will provide over 50 extra analysts, specialists and investigators to assist police in investigations to improve intelligence. This followed the first annual report of the Anti-Slavery Commissioner earlier this month which highlighted that failures by police to record slavery as offences meant investigations were not launched and victims were not receiving the required justice/ support. The report also includes supply chain transparency aspects and reports on the Commissioner having approached companies (including Kia and Volvo) to ascertain what actions they were taking to eradicate slave labour from supply chains following an investigation into the use of slave labour in car washes in Kent. The Commissioner has also met with sustainability leaders from the big five supermarkets to discuss their commitments to respond to the risks of modern slavery in supply chains. The Report notes that in 2017, the Commissioner will continue to engage with businesses to encourage compliance.

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