Trade controls and human rights have become increasingly intertwined in global supply chains. It is now common for like-minded countries to coordinate their imposition of human rights-related sanctions. Human rights considerations are also being introduced into trade laws, such as the prohibition on importing goods mined, manufactured or produced with forced labour. Companies are now increasingly assessing their activities through an Environmental, Social and Governance, or ESG, lens, which means evaluating corporate behavior and performance through values-based metrics. These trends give heightened importance to the need to understand your supply chains, and conduct appropriate and timely due diligence into the activities in your supply chain. Join Sabrina A. Bandali, Bennett Jones LLP, and Rachel Alpert, Jenner & Block LLP to discuss these emerging risks under U.S. and Canadian law and what they mean for companies on both sides of the border.
Sabrina A. Bandali is a partner in Bennett Jones LLP’s International Law Practice. She is an international trade and investment regulation lawyer who provides strategic advice related to free trade and investment protection agreements, customs law, foreign corrupt practices, export controls, economic sanctions, trade remedies, WTO law, cross-border product regulatory and labelling, and international dispute settlement.
Rachel K. Alpert is co-chair of Jenner & Block LLP’s National Security, Sanctions, and Export Controls Practice, and a partner in its Investigations, Compliance, and Defense Practice. She is an international trade and sanctions lawyer who brings a wealth of experience in economic sanctions, export controls, and international legal issues from her seven years in the United States Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser. She counsels domestic and international clients on a range of issues, including trade sanctions compliance, supply chain and human rights accountability, and CFIUS matters.
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