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Julie DiMauro
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Thomas Fox
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Marc Alain Bohn
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Bill Waite
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Shruti J. Shah
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Russell A. Stamets
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Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
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After Covid-19: My roadmap to a cost-effective human rights compliance program

[…] are struggling to maintain solvency, putting pressure on their remaining workforces and suppliers. Tensions are rising in numerous countries. These issues in combination have dramatic business and human rights impacts, creating legal, reputational, and operational risks. Those risks include: Workforce and labor challenges. Employees will continue to be acutely concerned about job requirements that […]

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Get ready for mandatory human rights due diligence

The global human rights agenda is gaining momentum with a number of jurisdictions, including the United States, Germany, Switzerland, and the EU currently working (or committed) to introduce mandatory human rights due diligence laws. The trend is clear: human rights oversight is shifting from soft law to hard law. Governments are becoming increasingly serious about addressing human […]

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New sanction regimes put the spotlight on human rights abuses

Regimes for combating human rights abuses are gaining momentum, examples of which include the European Parliament resolution of March 10, 2021 recommending to the EU Commission the introduction of corporate due diligence and corporate accountability, and Germany’s Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz) of June 11, 2021. Meanwhile, international sanctions regimes also turned their […]

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What is the future of Olympics compliance?

My previous post argued that megasports are beginning to leave legacies of improved anti-corruption and human rights standards. Wait, come again? How could that be? Let’s take the timely example of the Olympics. After a brutally long series of host-country corruption and human rights scandals, the International Olympic Committee recognized change was imperative. It […]

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Compliance Alert: Anti-corruption and human rights efforts will converge in 2020

In considering external operating risk, it has long been clear that corruption and negative human rights impacts correlate keenly. Underpaid doctors who require bribes before they will admit your child to a hospital immediately undermine your right to health. When an earthquake collapses buildings and causes fatalities, further investigation usually reveals that bribes were […]

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New due diligence laws force companies to rethink human rights and anti-corruption compliance

Earlier this month, Business at OECD (BIAC) and the International Organization of Employers (IOE) published a new guide: “Connecting the anti-corruption and human rights agendas: A guide for business and employers’ organizations.” This guide comes at a time when several jurisdictions will be introducing new regulations on human rights due diligence, such as Switzerland […]

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Federal procurement and human rights protections: President Obama’s mixed record

[…] spent — particularly when those dollars fund causes that contravene the public interest. Over the last several years, civil society has increasingly pushed for stronger implementation of human rights protections in federal spending, also referred to as public procurement. The 2011 United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (available here pdf) make […]

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