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Reduce Human Trafficking in the Supply Chain

OnDemand Webinar (87 minutes)

Gain an understanding of your company's obligations regarding human trafficking in your supply chains.Human trafficking is a violation of human rights. Global supply chains consist of complex, lengthy, intertwined business relationships, and managing them pose logistical, practical, cultural, and legal challenges to multinational companies. Human trafficking can and does occur in these complex global supply chains. This topic explores the legal obligations that companies face in identifying, preventing, and mitigating human trafficking that occur in global supply chains. Review practical strategies that companies can deploy in meeting these obligations, in light of the challenges posed by the fact that they often have limited leverage over or visibility into certain portions of the global supply chain.


Michael Congiu, Littler Mendelson P.C. Lavanga V. Wijekoon, Littler Mendelson P.C.


What Is Human Trafficking?

• How Does It Fit Into Human Rights?

What Are Supply Chains?

What Are Companies' Obligations With Regard to Human Trafficking in Their Supply Chains?

• Soft Law vs. Hard Law

- UN Guiding Principles, OECD Guidelines

- Disclosure: CA, UK, Australia

- Due Diligence: French, Dutch Laws on Due Diligence

- Canada Ombudsperson

- Proposed Laws on Due Diligence: EU Law, German Law, UN Treaty

Based on the Above, What Are Companies Doing to Identify, Mitigate, and Prevent Human Trafficking?

• Commit Company Leadership to Address Human Trafficking and Human Rights Issues

• Map Global Operations to Identify High-Risk Areas

• Adopt a Risk-Based Compliance Approach

• Sever Ties With Violative Business Partners

• Action in the Community

Challenges Companies Face in Addressing Human Trafficking in Supply Chains

• Logistical

• Practical

• Cultural

• Legal

• Case Study: The Thorny Question of Alleged Uighur Forced Labor in China