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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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

Why Tech is the New Thai Seafood

Previously we posted on a growing litigation trend in response to the use of trafficked labor in the Thai seafood industry and how we can expect a similar response with recent reports on Congolese mining practices for cobalt, which is used in batteries.  In her article in the Bloomberg BNA Electronic Commerce & Law Report entitled, “Is Tech … Continue Reading

How to Work with NGOs on Supply Chain Issues

Recently, an online article caught our attention.  Published on www.yarnsandfibers.com, the article is entitled, “Dutch Govt ensure sustainable garment production and textile supply chain,”.  It discusses The Netherlands Government’s recent efforts to bring together textile industry participants, trade associations, and interested NGOs to work together to encourage sustainability efforts and good working conditions in that … Continue Reading

Quoted in Corporate Counsel Article Discussing the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015!

A few posts ago, we posted an article on H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.  As predicted, President Obama signed the Act into law last week, which gave us an opportunity to talk with Rebekah Mintzer of Corporate Counsel Magazine on an article about the Act that she was working on.… Continue Reading

New U.S. Law May Impact U.S. Companies’ Ability to Import from Suppliers Abroad (Or, Enactment of H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act)

Any day, President Obama is expected to sign into law H.B. 644, also called the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 – an act that may have far-reaching impacts on U.S. companies that use foreign suppliers.  The Act allows the government to confiscate or turn away items being imported that it reasonably suspects were … Continue Reading

Tech Is Next Target of NGOs for Supplier Labor Practices

Previously (see here , here , and here ), we have reported on a growing litigation trend relating to supply chains for food procured by major U.S. manufacturers and retailers abroad.  Namely, beginning in August 2015, plaintiffs’ class action lawyers began filing putative consumer class action lawsuits against major U.S. food manufacturers and retailers, alleging … Continue Reading

White House Releases “Fact Sheet” on the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

On January 5, 2016, President Obama kicked off the new year by issuing a “Fact Sheet” on interagency efforts to combat human trafficking that, among other things, describes the federal government’s efforts in the procurement and supply chain fields.   … Continue Reading

The Problem with Palm Oil (Or, The Next Wave of Supply Chain Class Actions?)

In previous posts (here, here, and here), we discussed a litigation trend that began in September of this year: putative class action lawsuits against U.S. retailers based on alleged unethical practices in their supply chains.  The first lawsuits asserted the presence of trafficked labor in the Thai and Indonesian shrimp and fishing industries, with complaints … Continue Reading

SPB Policy and Legal Developments in the EU Food and Beverage Sector

Today at Squire Patton Boggs’ Global Supply Chain Law Blog, we are featuring some recent work done by our Global Food and Beverage Practice, which actively monitors regulatory, policy, and case law developments in the food, beverage, and related sectors around the world.  Recently, the group has published an update on food and beverage law … Continue Reading

Food Supply Chain Issues in China (Or, China’s New Food Safety Act) (Or, Running the Gauntlet in China)

Food trade between the U.S. and China is on the rise.  According to the most recent statistics, China is the third largest exporter of food and agricultural products to the U.S., behind only Canada and Mexico.  And, the U.S. is China’s biggest source of foreign food and agricultural products.  Under the current state of trade, … Continue Reading

Can Supply Chains Be Completely Transparent?

In some earlier posts (here and here), we discussed the new litigation trend in which plaintiffs are filing putative consumer class actions against manufacturers and retailers for failing to fully abide by their California Transparency in Supply Chains disclosure statements or their internal supplier policies.  Well, as anyone following this story is likely aware, the … Continue Reading

See Our Interview Concerning California Transparency Lawsuits in Inside Counsel Magazine!

Last week, we had the great honor of talking with Amy Stickel at Inside Counsel Magazine about the recently filed California lawsuits based on companies’ California Transparency in Supply Chain Disclosure Act statements and/or their internal supply chain policies.  Previously, we’ve written about these lawsuits in this blog here and here. With Amy, we discussed how these lawsuits … Continue Reading

Defending Against New-Style Supply Chain Litigation (Or, There Are Teeth in the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act – Don’t Get Bitten) (Or, More Cases Filed)

Last week, we posted about the newly-filed consumer class action against Costco in federal court in San Francisco, based on Costco’s disclosure under the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.  As we noted, this is the first case of its kind, in which plaintiffs’ lawyers are seeking injunctions, restitution and other damages for a putative … Continue Reading

Litigation Fallout From All This Supply Chain Transparency Legislation (Or, These Things Have Teeth!) (Or, The Cycle of Misfortune)

In previous posts, we’ve talked about emerging legislation designed to increase visibility and transparency in supply chains to bring about desirable social ends.  We’ve discussed, for instance, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the UK Modern Slavery Act, both of which require companies to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery from their supply … Continue Reading

The Future of Pharmaceutical Supply Chains (Or, Unpacking the Drug Quality and Security Act)

On November 27, 2013, President Obama signed into law the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), HR 3204, legislation that will have broad-reaching effects on pharmaceutical supply chains.  The DQSA was enacted to help protect consumers from contaminated, counterfeit, and stolen pharmaceutical products, and was enacted as a response to a meningitis outbreak in 2012, … Continue Reading

Coming to America: Foreign Manufacturers Looking to Produce in the U.S.

There’s been buzz about Keer Group lately, the Chinese textile company that opened a cotton mill this year in South Carolina.  China has long been seen as the global capital of textile manufacturing, due in part to their low production costs and seemingly endless supply of cheap labor.  But Keer Group found the rising costs in … Continue Reading

Supply Chain Disputes With China (Or, How To Protect Your Interests) (Or, How To Avoid Really Pointless Litigation)

In terms of supply chain relationships, China is often alluring.  Known as a low cost manufacturing country, China (among other non-US locations) often strikes some industrial buyers as a good place from which to source components, or to assemble finished goods.  Chinese contract manufacturers (CMs) are amongst the largest in the world, and can provide … Continue Reading

California Asserts Its Transparency In Supply Chains Act (Or, Letters To Retailers And Manufacturers) (Or, Seeing Through Supply Chains)

It’s springtime, which apparently means… that the California Department of Justice has begun what looks like enforcement measures with respect to California’s 2010 Transparency in Supply Chains Act.  If you are a manufacturer or a retailer who has received a letter inquiring about your compliance with this (relatively) new legislation, don’t be surprised.  It is apparently … Continue Reading

Legal Fallout From The West Coast Ports Labor Dispute (Or, How To Take Risk Into Account In Supply Chain Contracts) (Or, We Like Meaty Meat)

Although the West Coast Ports labor dispute has more or less resolved, the consequences continue to be felt across supply chains both in the U.S. and internationally.  Especially hard hit have been the retail, automotive, and agricultural industries, with several companies (such as the Gap, Lululemon, and Williams-Sonoma) negatively revising their financial outlooks.  Honda took … Continue Reading

Supply Chain Brain Podcast

The Apple-GTAT disaster.  Working with international suppliers.  Constructing supply chain agreements for development projects when success and cost structure are not guaranteed.  We discuss these subjects and more with Bob Bowman of Supply Chain Brain.  Thanks Bob! Listen to our Podcast by clicking on the link here:  http://www.supplychainbrain.com/content/nc/executive-education/podcasts/single-article-page/article/lessons-from-an-apple-supplier-debacle/  … Continue Reading

Supply Chain Law: 2014 – Year Of The Recall! (Or, Recalling Recalls) (Or, The Mother Of All Warranty Claims)

Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) , the federal agency responsible for overseeing automotive safety, released figures showing that 2014 involved a record number of automotive safety recalls – higher than 2011, 2012, and 2013 combined. In all, the industry recalled almost 64 million vehicles in 803 separate recall campaigns, 680 … Continue Reading

Closing the stable door before the horse has bolted….

Much has been written recently about “ethical” and “responsible” supply chain practices, certification and the need to safeguard provenance and quality of supply.  This is not least to ensure that businesses maintain high standards and integrity (including in their dealings with their own suppliers), as well as promoting values and practices that are aligned to … Continue Reading
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