Supply Chain


Volkswagen

News Brief

Senate report cites VW, BMW, JLR for potential forced labor violations

2024-05-20T19:16:00+01:00By

A U.S. Senate report found three European automakers—Volkswagen, BMW, and Jaguar Land Rover—sold cars in the United States with parts sourced from a supplier suspected of using forced labor from China’s Xinjiang region.

Flex

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Flex says no action by OFAC into possible sanctions violations

2024-05-20T17:48:00+01:00By

Flex disclosed in a public filing the Office of Foreign Assets Control is taking no action into potential sanctions violations the global manufacturer voluntarily self-disclosed in 2019.

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UFLPA Entity List nearly doubles with textile industry sweep

2024-05-16T16:16:00+01:00By

The Department of Homeland Security announced its largest batch of additions to the list of companies blocked under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act in the form of a sweep of the Chinese textile industry.

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e-Book: Managing increased risk of forced, child labor in your supply chain

2024-05-01T19:53:00+01:00Provided by

Instances of forced or child labor in corporate supply chains are a growing problem in the United States.

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Williams-Sonoma fined record $3.2M over admitted ‘Made in USA’ order violations

2024-04-29T18:50:00+01:00By

Kitchen and home retail company Williams-Sonoma agreed to pay nearly $3.2 million for failing to comply with a 2020 administrative order by the Federal Trade Commission prohibiting its marketing of imported goods as made in the United States.

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e-Book: Tips for TPRM, supply chain due diligence

2024-04-26T21:03:00+01:00Provided by

Implementing a risk-based approach to third-party due diligence frees up compliance resources to be deployed efficiently and helps organizations meet the expectations of regulators.

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Report: Poor awareness of supply chain disclosure regs leaving firms exposed

2024-04-23T15:44:00+01:00By

Compliance failures in the supply chain are hampering organizations’ efforts to implement environmental, social, and governance initiatives and meet disclosure requirements, according to a new report by U.K. law firm Burges Salmon.

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June 6 | Techniques for more effective forced labor risk identification in supply chains

2024-04-22T14:57:00+01:00Provided by

By requiring U.S. importers to prove that their supply chains are free of forced labor, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) has created heightened nationwide demand for sophisticated supply chain mapping and risk identification capabilities.

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U.S. senator calls for Temu ban over forced labor, privacy concerns

2024-04-17T16:32:00+01:00By

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is calling on the Biden administration to investigate and ban Chinese e-commerce company Temu over forced labor and data privacy violation concerns.

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U.K. border controls on EU goods evoke supply chain disruption concerns

2024-04-09T14:10:00+01:00By

The imposition of full border controls on goods entering the United Kingdom from the European Union will affect importers and their EU suppliers, and both are advised to prepare for increased checks, possible delays, and new charges.

DHS

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New DHS strategy sets textiles up for added UFLPA scrutiny

2024-04-08T17:05:00+01:00By

The Department of Homeland Security announced a new strategy set to help close a loophole that allows certain textile-related shipments from China to enter the United States without scrutiny under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.

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CW2024 leadership panel on navigating scrutiny, prep for more change

2024-04-08T12:34:00+01:00By

The global political landscape should be high on the risk radar of compliance officers in 2024, according to compliance leaders speaking at Compliance Week’s 2024 National Conference, along with increased regulatory scrutiny toward forced labor, ESG, and M&A.

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CBP stats show persistent problem areas under UFLPA

2024-04-01T13:33:00+01:00By and

It’s been nearly two years since the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act took effect, and as enforcement statistics and recent reports demonstrate, many businesses are still not adequately vetting their supply chains.

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Webcast

CPE webcast: Rapid expansion of global forced labor regulations

2024-03-28T14:00:00+00:00Provided by

Join us as we dive into the best practices for performing due diligence across your entire supply chain—from the sourcing of raw materials to the delivery of finished goods—to become (and stay) compliant with this ever-evolving landscape.

Department of Labor

News Brief

DOL orders Tuff Torq to pay $1.8M over child labor violations

2024-03-28T12:22:00+00:00By

The Department of Labor ordered Tennessee-based Tuff Torq Corp. to pay nearly $1.8 million over alleged child labor violations.

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Policy changes underscore need for enhanced child labor due diligence

2024-03-18T13:20:00+00:00By and

Rooting out potential child or forced labor violations in your company’s supply chain can have benefits beyond protecting reputation and being ethically sound. The process can also help your firm comply with pending child labor laws in other jurisdictions.

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The auditor’s role in supply chain due diligence

2024-03-14T17:54:00+00:00By

Although compliance should be the company’s primary responsibility, auditors have become the last line of defense and are getting pressured and blamed for supply chain issues, including instances of child labor. Is this expected to become the normal for the profession?

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Want to be an ethical supply chain influencer? It’s all about the ‘collab’

2024-03-13T12:10:00+00:00By Gwendolyn Hassan, CW guest columnist

Supply chain and ethics and compliance professionals could take a page out of the social media influencer playbook and look to collaborate with suppliers more to create their own win-win scenarios.

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Ford to pay $365M in DOJ deal for evading customs tariffs

2024-03-12T19:33:00+00:00By

Ford Motor Co. agreed to pay $365 million to settle charges levied by the Department of Justice that the automaker purposefully dodged import duties for years by mislabeling and undervaluing hundreds of thousands of cargo vans it brought into the United States from Turkey.

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DOL seeking more authority in crackdown on child labor violations

2024-03-12T16:56:00+00:00By

The Department of Labor has stepped up its enforcement of child labor law amid a concerning rise in child labor exploitation, yet the agency acknowledges its resources are not great enough to be a significant deterrent for such misconduct.

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Child labor violations are on the rise in U.S. Are they in your supply chain?

2024-03-11T16:31:00+00:00By

The compliance community has not been spending time addressing a problem mistakenly thought to be a rarity: The proliferation of child labor violations occurring in the United States.

European Commission

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EU to ban sale of products made with forced labor

2024-03-08T15:20:00+00:00By

The European Union announced an agreement to ban products made with forced labor, a decision that will oblige organizations to track and declare more information about their supply chains for goods entering EU markets.

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Best practices for determining need for a human rights policy

2024-02-29T13:21:00+00:00By

Does your business need a human rights policy? An increasing number of organizations believe they do, according to research firm Gartner.

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Walmart shares successes behind supplier emissions reduction initiative

2024-02-27T12:25:00+00:00By

Retail giant Walmart announced the completion of an initiative to reduce emissions in its supply chain six years earlier than its intended target.

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Q&A: ManpowerGroup compliance director on CSRD prep efforts

2024-02-19T14:00:00+00:00By

James Levey, compliance director at global recruitment agency ManpowerGroup, discusses with Compliance Week his focus on preparing the group’s European operations to gather the data required for compliance with the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive.

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Opinion

Ten things I’d like to see happen in 2024

2024-01-08T16:02:00+00:00By

Election years in the United States, United Kingdom, and at European Parliament, along with ongoing geopolitical tensions, make 2024 difficult to predict—aside from the expectation compliance officers will be busy.

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Compliance with CSRD, CS3D, national laws an EU balancing act

2023-12-28T14:50:00+00:00By

Companies could be in danger of failing to comply with a raft of social responsibility-minded legislation at the European Union and national level because they might mistakenly think duties on corporates overlap when they do not.

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U.S. agencies issue ‘know your cargo’ transport compliance note

2023-12-11T19:27:00+00:00By

Five agencies of the U.S. government combined to issue best practices guidance for entities in the maritime and other transportation industries to help reduce risk of sanctions and export control violations and evasion efforts.

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Supply chain due diligence must go beyond self-assessments

2023-11-01T14:00:00+00:00By

So many companies rely on suppliers to self-certify they comply with buyers’ codes of business conduct that the practice is “almost useless,” a panel of experts discussed at Compliance Week’s Europe conference in London.

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Social risks prove tripping point in early CSRD compliance efforts

2023-10-24T14:00:00+01:00By

Companies are still struggling to report meaningfully on societal risks as part of their efforts to meet demands for better environmental, social, and governance disclosures, experts discussed at Compliance Week’s Europe conference in London.

Xinjiang

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DHS designates three Chinese companies for Uyghur forced labor

2023-09-28T19:32:00+01:00By

The Department of Homeland Security designated three companies to a growing list accused by the Biden administration of forced labor practices in the Xinjiang region of China.

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Experts: How ESG materiality assessments impact compliance

2023-09-22T12:52:00+01:00By

Transparency in environmental, social, and governance reporting has become an important goal, with materiality assessments impacting compliance outcomes, experts said during CW’s virtual ESG Summit.

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Experts: SEC or not, Scope 3 GHG disclosure requirements coming

2023-09-19T19:08:00+01:00By

The actions of companies like Amazon and new legislation passed in California prove it’s no longer a question of if companies will be required to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions—it’s a question of when, experts told attendees at CW’s virtual ESG Summit.

Russia sanctions

News Brief

New OFAC sanctions expand clamps on Russia tech supply chain

2023-09-14T19:17:00+01:00By

The Office of Foreign Assets Control widened its area of focus to disrupt Russia’s technology supply chain with new sanctions announced against entities in Finland and Turkey.

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SEC’s Gensler mum on timing of climate rule, says ‘important issues’ around Scope 3 requirements

2023-09-13T20:29:00+01:00By

Gary Gensler, despite being put on the spot by a member of Congress, declined to provide an update on when the Securities and Exchange Commission might approve its climate-related disclosure rule for public companies.

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Large companies in crosshairs early under German Supply Chain Act

2023-09-01T13:22:00+01:00By

Amazon, IKEA, and Volkswagen were among the companies targeted in the first round of complaints under the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act—an early indication nongovernmental organizations will seek to hold big businesses accountable for alleged human rights violations.

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Webcast

Webcast: Unearthing environmental risk in timber supply chains using public records

2023-08-31T14:00:00+01:00Provided by

Public records can do a lot to help companies map their supply chains and understand where they are exposed to environmental risk along the way.

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CPE Webcast: Five human capital strategies that win

2023-08-29T13:00:00+01:00Provided by

Discover how leading companies are leveraging human capital management to create a strong connection between employee well-being, sustainable and secure operations, and ESG objectives.

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CPE Webcast: Insights from the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act

2023-07-13T11:00:00+01:00Provided by

The German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG) is part of a growing focus on corporate environmental, social, and governance performance by governments and regulators.

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TPRM Summit takeaways: Tech risks, board and audit relationships

2023-07-05T17:10:00+01:00By

The impact of new technologies like generative artificial intelligence on the third-party risk management landscape was among the points of discussion addressed at Compliance Week’s TPRM Summit in Atlanta.

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e-Book: ESG survey: Social risks, blind spots, and barriers

2023-06-08T13:20:00+01:00Provided by

This free e-Book explores why companies understand the social risks in their supply chains posed by corruption, inequality, and employment standards but don’t always fully recognize less visible risks such as forced and child labor.

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Survey: Social risks in supply chain prove vexing for GRC professionals

2023-06-07T12:00:00+01:00By

Respondents to a survey conducted by the International Compliance Association said they were confident they understood and are properly monitoring the social risks in their companies’ supply chains, though blind spots regarding cultures and strategic plans remain.

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CW2023: CBP official on early impact of Uyghur forced labor law

2023-05-30T19:28:00+01:00By

Customs agents have flagged thousands of products marked as made in Malaysia, Vietnam, or elsewhere in accordance with the UFLPA, an official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection shared during a panel at Compliance Week’s 2023 National Conference.