Human Rights and Supply Chain Due Diligence: What are the new requirements and what to expect?

On February 23rd, the European Commission proposed a Sustainable Corporate Governance Initiative and is now entering negotiations with co-legislators.

Smaller companies will increasingly be held to standards similar to large multinationals and public procurement will be allowed to insert criterium to force Human Rights compliance on both European companies and companies with part of their operations in the European Union.

Join us for a panel discussion about the new requirements of human rights due diligence and how this impacts companies in Europe and the United States:

  • What are companies on both sides of the Atlantic concerned about?
  • How does it affect a company’s compliance organization?
  • What kind of due diligence obligations exist?
  • What kind of disclosure requirements exist?
  • What are sanctions in cases of non-compliance?
  • What do companies need to do now?

|AGENDA|

  • Examples of recent human rights lawsuits and criminal charges against companies: Criminal charges initiated by NGOs against (German) companies
  • Criminal law and civil law aspects of human rights violations:
    • Who is responsible for human rights violations under criminal law?
    • What are possible claims under civil law?
    • What is the role of NGOs and trade unions?
    • What courts are competent in the EU for human rights due diligence violations?
  •  Presentation of the proposal for a Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence adopted on February 23, 2022
  • Comparative law overview of the legal situation in Germany i.e. Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz, France i.e. loi vigilance and the United States i.e. Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act incl. the “Rebuttable presumption” provision taking effect on June 21, 2022 

    Panel discussion in English, Q&A in French & English

 

| SPEAKERS |

  • Philippe Portier, Partner, JEANTET, Paris
  • Dr. Mansur Pour Rafsendjani, Partner, NOERR, Munich
  • Arthur Bodek, Partner, GDLSK, New York
  • Mariana Ruiz Alvarado, Senior Social Development Specialist, EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK, Luxembourg

 

|TIMING|

8:30 Check In
9:00-10:00 Panel discussion
10:00-10:30 Networking

Jeantet, 11 Rue Galilée, 75116 Paris

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