The International Labour Organization estimated that in 2021, 49.6 million people were living in modern slavery, 27.6 million of whom were in forced labor. Tackling this global issue is a priority for regulators and consumers alike. Businesses are facing unprecedented levels of scrutiny – a trend that is set to continue. In 2021, President Biden signed into law the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, and over the past few years in the UK, various Bills have been proposed and debated, which seek to strengthen the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. In September 2022, the EU announced its own legislative proposal to ban goods made with forced labor, which could go beyond the ban imposed by the U.S. 

Speakers: Michael J. Lowell Rosanne Kay Yves Melin Manasi Venkatesh Emma Shafton

Event Type: Webinar, CLE / CPD

Start Date/Time:
2 November 2022, 2:00 PM GMT
End Date/Time:
2 November 2022, 3:00 PM GMT

Now more than ever, global companies need to have a practical understanding of their obligations in different jurisdictions and update their approach to exercising due diligence and supply chain management.

Join us on Wednesday, November 2, when our team from the United States, the UK, and the EU will discuss:

  • Key features of the U.S. and UK approaches to forced labor and how they compare to the new EU proposal
  • What’s happening in practice – what are the main challenges that companies are facing?
  • Practical tips and strategies for complying with requirements

Important CLE information:

This program is presumptively approved for 1.0 CLE credit in California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia. Applications for CLE credit will be filed in Delaware, Florida, Ohio, and Virginia. Attendees who are licensed in other jurisdictions will receive a uniform certificate of attendance but Reed Smith only provides credit for the states listed. Please allow 4-6 weeks after the program to receive a certificate of attendance.