Perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a Department-wide strategy to combat human trafficking, child exploitation and forced labor in the supply chain.
The release on December 12, 2019, of the Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration (the BHR Rules) offers a new and innovative dispute resolution option in the field of corporate responsibility.
US State Department Seeks Feedback on Amorphous Human Rights Due Diligence for US Exporters of ‘Surveillance’ Items
Kay C. Georgi, Marwa M. Hassoun, Regan K. Alberda, Matthew Tuchband, Sylvia G. Costelloe *, Aman Kakar
Draft Guidance issued by the US State Department recommends that companies that export items with surveillance capabilities conduct human rights due diligence, and solicits feedback by October 4, 2019.
Customs and Border Protection Proposes to Require a Social Compliance Program as Part of Its CTPAT Cargo Security Program
Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. § 1307) prohibits the importation of merchandise mined, produced or manufactured, wholly or in part, in any foreign country by forced or indentured child labor – including forced child labor.
Importers of known industries where North Korean forced labor is used, such as footwear, textiles, seafood, mining, pharmaceuticals, and logging, must exert caution or be prepared to face the consequences.
On February 27, the Center for International Business & Human Rights at the University of Oklahoma College of Law held the inaugural meeting of its Advisory Board.
Right before the holidays, President Trump and his Administration took significant steps toward using economic sanctions to tackle international human rights abuses and corruption.
Head of Arent Fox’s Corporate Social Responsibility Practice Appointed to Business and Human Rights Advisory Board
In September 2017, Partner Lee Caplan was invited to serve on the inaugural Advisory Board of the University of Oklahoma College of Law Center for International Business & Human Rights.
New Revelations in the Leather Industry Put Western Footwear and Apparel Companies on their Back Feet
A watchdog organization known as Transparentem has uncovered dire working conditions in the heavily polluted tanneries located outside of Dhaka in Bangladesh.
An independent Working Group led by three international law specialists from Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United States has recently proposed drafting a specialized set of arbitration rules to resolve alleged human rights abuses by businesses.
Arent Fox is pleased to announce the addition of International Trade attorney Teresa Polino as a partner in its DC office.
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is in the final stages of seeking input from business, government, and civil society on a new work program known as the Accountability and Remedy Project.
Canada’s NCP Sanctions Mining Company for Failing to Participate in Corporate Social Responsibility Consultations
Canada’s National Contact Point (NCP) recently sanctioned China Gold International Resources Corp. Ltd. (China Gold) for its unwillingness to participate in consultations under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines) regarding China Gold’s mining activities in Tibet.
According to Lumber Liquidators’ most recent Securities and Exchange (SEC) disclosures, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is pursuing criminal charges against the company under the Lacey Act (16 U.S.C. §§ 3371-3378) for allegedly importing products containing illegally harvested wood.
SEC Delays Issuing Dodd-Frank Rule on Extractive Industry Payment Disclosures until Possibly Spring 2016
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has informed a US district court that it may not be proposing regulations requiring energy and mining companies to disclose payments to governments for the extraction of natural resources until spring 2016.
The US National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct: Midway Through the Stakeholder Engagement Process
The stakeholder engagement process supporting the Obama Administration’s plans to develop a National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct (NAP) is well underway. Two stakeholder meetings have already occurred in New York City and Berkeley, California.
US National Contact Point Issues Final Statement in Dispute against Multinational under the OECD Guidelines
The US National Contact Point recently issued a Final Statement regarding complaints by two international labor unions that Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) engaged in conduct inconsistent with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines).
Many companies and other stakeholders have chosen to participate in the United Nations (UN) Global Compact as a means of demonstrating their commitment to integrating universal Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles into their business practices.
Canada’s Enhanced Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy Establishes New Consequences for the Extractive Industry
Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development announced an enhanced Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy when it released a report entitled “Doing Business the Canadian Way: A Strategy to Advance Corporate Social Responsibility in Canada’s Extractive Sector Abroad.”
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that reporting companies are not required to describe their products as “DRC conflict free,” having “not been found to be ‘DRC conflict free,’” or “DRC conflict undeterminable,” as originally required in the Conflict Minerals Rule (CMR).
On April 14, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit stuck down portions of the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Final Rule on Conflict Minerals (Final Rule) as unconstitutional.