Building Trust-based Supply Chains to Mitigate Forced Labor Risk

Nov 02, 2023

From both a human rights and global commerce perspective, forced labor is a serious and pervasive issue, impacting millions of people and compromising global supply chains. Defined by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as “all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty for its non-performance and for which the worker does not offer himself voluntarily,” forced labor is insidious, impacting the manufacturing and production of a vast range of goods — spanning everything from electronics, apparel and industrial materials to pharmaceuticals, base metals and agricultural products.

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DHS Announces Two Additional PRC-Based Companies as a Result of Forced Labor Enforcement

Sep 22, 2023
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced new enforcement actions to eliminate the use of forced labor practices in the U.S. supply chain and promote accountability for the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghurs and other religious and ethnic minority groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The interagency Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force (FLETF), chaired by DHS, added two People’s Republic of China (PRC)-based companies to the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) Entity List. 
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Canada Passes Legislation on Forced Labor and Supply Chain Due Diligence

Jun 05, 2023
Canada joins a number of major trading partners taking a stronger stance on forced labor after passing legislation known as Bill S-211, An Act to Enact Fighting Against Forced Labor and Child Labor in Supply Chains and to Amend Customs Tariff, on May 3, 2023.

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Mexico Issues Regulation Prohibiting Imports of Goods Made with Forced Labor

May 17, 2023

On February 17, 2023, the Ministry of Economy published in the Federal Official Gazette (DOF) an administrative regulation prohibiting imports of goods produced with forced labor. The regulation will become effective on May 18, 2023.

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US Puts Trade Curbs on 5 Chinese Firms Over Alleged Role in Uyghur Repression

May 01, 2023

WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) - The Biden administration on Tuesday imposed new trade restrictions on five Chinese companies for allegedly aiding in the repression of the Uyghur Muslim minority but China rejected the accusation as "lies" aimed at constraining it.

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What Canada's New Forced Labour Reporting Law (Bill S-211) Means for Businesses

Mar 15, 2023

After several stalled efforts in recent years (see previous Bennett Jones blog posts on Bill C-423 and Bill S-216), Parliament is poised to pass a supply chain transparency law aimed at preventing and reducing the risk of forced labour and child labour in supply chains. Private members Bill S-211, An Act to enact the Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act and to amend the Customs Tariff is expected to pass third reading in the House of Commons shortly and will have immediate implications for Canadian business and importers.

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Forced Labor Technical Expo

Mar 02, 2023

The Forced Labor Technical Expo welcomes industry event attendance as well as stakeholders (max two per company) impacted by the need to comply with UFLPA and §19 U.S.C. 1307. The audience includes the U.S. importing community, partner government agencies with a nexus to forced labor enforcement, and non-governmental organizations.

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Forced Uyghur Labor Probably Helped Build Your Car

Feb 13, 2023

The grave human rights conditions in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where Uyghur Muslims and other religious and ethnic minorities are subjected to internment and forced labor, among other abuses, demand international response. So far, the centerpiece of the U.S. response has been the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), signed into law by President Joe Biden in December 2021. The law is intended to prevent U.S. consumers from being complicit in these abuses through the purchase of Chinese goods made with forced labor. In doing so, it encourages global firms to take Xinjiang out of their supply chains in order to maintain access to U.S. markets.

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DRIVING FORCE: Automotive Supply Chains and Forced Labor in the Uyghur Region

Feb 03, 2023

What parts of your car were made by Uyghur forced laborers?

If you have bought a car in the last five years, some of its parts were likely made by Uyghurs and others forced to work in China. The Chinese government has deliberately shifted raw materials mining and processing and auto parts manufacturing into the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR or Uyghur Region), essentially making international supply chains captive to repressive programs and systematic forced labor. 

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Are You Ready to Comply with the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act?

Jan 19, 2023

The German government’s Supply Chain Due Diligence Act, which addresses human rights in the supply chain, went into force on January 1, 2023.

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