Door Still Open? Canada As Safe Harbour For Multinational Human Rights Litigation

There has been a growing wave of significant lawsuits in Canada against corporations for alleged international labour and human rights violations in their overseas operations or supply chains. As a result, the question on whether longstanding principles of corporate liability in Canada are due for an update has been raised.

Canada moves quickly on corruption and human rights sanctions

The Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act has entered into force. The Act gives Canada the ability to impose unilateral sanctions against “foreign nationals” who are involved in corruption or gross violations of human rights.

Amendments to the Thai Labour Protection Act Regarding Child Labour Violations

The key changes concern increased penalties for employers who fail to comply with requirements regarding employment and treatment of minors.

Increased Enforcement of U.S. Forced Labor Prohibition

The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 effectively eliminating a longstanding loophole in the United States’ general prohibition against the importation of goods made with forced labor. As a result, U.S. companies have witnessed a resurgence of U.S. Customs and Border Protection detentions/seizures.

Supply Chain Transparency & Reporting Legislation: Coming Soon to Canada?

A Report released late last week by World Vision Canada concludes that Canadian consumers are unwittingly buying goods made by child and forced labourers deep in the supply chains of Canadian companies.

Modern Slavery Act: Guidance published on when and how to comply

On 29 October 2015, the UK Government published its guidance on the transparency in supply chains provision in section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015: "Transparency in Supply Chains etc. A practical guide for organisations".

Global Trends – Labour Rights & The Rise of Social Compliance Obligations for Multinationals

Increasingly, legislators in a variety of jurisdictions have been placing social reporting obligations on multinational employers, particularly in relation to corporate efforts to combat...

Russia: New Waste Disposal Rules

With the 23 December 2014 passing of the Federal Law “On Changes to the Federal Law ‘On Wastes Generated in the Manufacturing and Consumption...

Australia – Tougher Environmental Enforcement Provisions for New South Wales

A number of changes have been implemented recently, giving environmental regulators and courts more enforcement options and increasing the amounts of penalties for certain...

Mandated Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting: Coming Soon to a Country Regulating You

Disclosure of environmental, human rights and social risks is moving from its home between the glossy pages of voluntary reports into the hard-nosed realm of mandatory legal requirements, as evidenced by recent developments in the European Union and India.

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