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U.S. Government Agencies Issue Xinjiang Supply Chain Advisory

This month, the U.S. Department of State, along with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, issued a business advisory concerning forced labor risks associated with Xinjiang labor. The advisory contains information to help companies assess Xinjiang-related forced labor risks, as well as compliance recommendations. Although the advisory is characterized as only being explanatory and not having the force of law, it notes that well-documented and implemented due diligence policies and procedures may potentially be considered as mitigating factors by U.S. authorities in the event businesses inadvertently engage in activity that violates U.S. laws relating to forced labor in supply chains. Accordingly, supply chain compliance policies and procedures should take the advisory into account.

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Corporate Social Responsibility in India: New Requirements for U.S.-Based Multinationals on the Horizon

Practices: ESG, CSR and Business and Human Rights

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Over the last several years, corporate social responsibility legislation has been adopted by many countries. India was one of the first, with the introduction of Section 135 of the Indian Companies Act in 2013. Since then, the Indian CSR regime has continued to evolve. In this joint briefing from Link Legal and Ropes & Gray, we discuss current Indian CSR requirements applicable to multinationals doing business in India, as well as recent pending and proposed changes that will result in significant additional compliance requirements for multinationals.

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