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.  

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.

Cross-post from Employment Law Worldview Blog: Is your Modern Slavery Act Statement ready?

Globe in Chains: EuropeOur colleagues at the Employment Law Worldview Blog have posted a piece reminding businesses that the deadline for publishing their first “slavery and human trafficking statement” is fast approaching.  Commercial organizations that fall under the Modern Slavery Act must disclose what activities they have undertaken to eliminate slavery and human trafficking from their business and their supply chains.  Please click the link below to read about the requirements under the Act, practical drafting points for employers, and a helpful guide providing further information on the new Act.

Is your Modern Slavery Act statement ready?

Analysis By Our Friends at Spend Matters

Risk SignThis week, we wanted to give a shout out to our friends at Spend Matters, who were kind enough to review Legal Blacksmith last week.  Spend Matters has published a short paper entitled, “The Intersection of Contract ‘Invisibility’ and Risk Management: Be Afraid (Be Very Afraid).”

This article reviews the potential costs associated with supply chain risk, warning readers that what they don’t know can, in fact, hurt them.  Please find the article here, and enjoy!

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Legal Blacksmith Review From Spend Matters

Legal BlacksmithWe are honored to have yet another great review of Rosemary Coates and Sarah Rathke’s book, Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes.  This review is by Peter Smith of Spend Matters, a global content community which publishes research and updates related to the procurement and supply chain sector.  Peter’s book review highlights the new perspective provided by Legal Blacksmith and we particularly appreciate his view that “it is not a legal ‘textbook’ but contains a wealth of interesting and helpful legal information, based on both legislation and case studies, all placed in a context that is genuinely useful for the supply chain practitioner.”

Thank you, Peter, for your in-depth look at Legal Blacksmith.  You can read his book review through the link below.

Book Review: Legal Blacksmith – How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes by Peter Smith