In Bloomberg Law and Anti-Corruption Report, Michael Littenberg Discusses New U.S. China-Focused Forced Labor Law

In The News
January 27, 2022

In Bloomberg Law and Anti-Corruption Report articles, partner and ESG, CSR and Business & Human Rights practice chair Michael Littenberg (New York) discussed the new Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act and the practical implications for companies’ compliance and human rights programs.

The law, which takes effect in June, creates a high bar on importing goods linked to Xinjiang, by establishing a presumption that they are produced with forced labor. The law will require a large number of companies to enhance compliance controls and due diligence measures related to goods from or with Chinese inputs. 

The law will present compliance challenges for many companies.  Michael notes that most companies do not have the resources, sophistication or the leverage over their supply chains to gather reliable data to comply with the law.