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On June 23, 2022, the US Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office on Trafficking in Persons (“OTIP”) issued a request for information (“RFI”) on forced labor, a form of human trafficking, in healthcare supply chains. This RFI is part of OTIP’s ongoing efforts to seek public comments to inform implementation of Executive Order 14001 “A Sustainable Public Health Supply Chain”, the National Strategy for a Resilient Public Health Supply Chain, and other related…

On February 24, 2022, various U.S. government agencies published their respective reports on supply chain policies for six key industrial bases pursuant to Executive Order 14017, “America’s Supply Chains” (the “Reports”). These Reports identify key weaknesses in some of the nation’s most crucial supply chains and offer multi-year strategies to help address those weaknesses. The White House issued this statement and capstone report following the publication of the Reports. Links to the Reports and corresponding…

On January 26, 2022, the US Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, Labor, Homeland Security and the Office of the US Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued a joint advisory (the “Advisory”) that highlights certain supply chain-related risks for companies whose business and supply chains may touch Burma/Myanmar. This is a continuation of a recent trend in which the US Government has issued advisories highlighting compliance and related risks in certain countries and regions, often emphasizing supply chain risks. For…

Baker McKenzie is pleased to launch the fifth in our Biden Supply Chain Policy video series focused on the pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients supply chain, which is another of the critical supply chains that has been a particular focus of the Biden Administration. The Biden Administration has been pursuing policies aimed at increasing resilience in this supply chain by addressing shortages and minimizing disruption through a range of measures, including efforts to on-shore and near-shore…

Baker McKenzie is pleased to launch the fourth in our Biden Supply Chain Policy video series focused on the critical minerals and strategic materials supply chain, which is another of the critical supply chains that has been a particular focus of the Biden Administration. This supply chain includes lithium, cobalt and other rare earths and minerals that are the building blocks of products used every day. The Biden Administration has been pursuing policies aimed at…

Following our first two short videos on key trends (see here) and the semiconductor supply chain (see here), Baker McKenzie is pleased to launch the third in our Biden Supply Chain Policy video series focused on the large-capacity batteries supply chain. This is another of the critical supply chains that has been a particular focus of the Biden Administration’s supply chain policies. Large-capacity batteries are an important part of the energy transition. Demand for these batteries…

Following our first short video on some of the key trends and priorities the Biden Supply Chain Policy is driving for companies across sectors and industries, Baker McKenzie is pleased to launch the second in our Biden Supply Chain Policy video series focused on the semiconductor and advanced packaging supply chain. This is one of four critical supply chains that has been a particular focus of the Biden Administration’s supply chain policies.In this video, Kerry Contini…

On January 24, 2022, the US Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) issued a request for information (“RFI”) to gather input on incentivizing domestic semiconductor investments and accelerate chip research to “ensure a robust domestic semiconductor industry.” Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on March 25, 2022. Specifically, with the assistance of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”), Commerce is requesting information to inform the design and implementation of the potential programs…

In an era where supply chain disruptions and risks are regular front-page news, the Biden Administration has been undertaking a range of initiatives intended to create resilient supply chains that reflect the Administration’s policies around national security, foreign policy, human rights, and the US economy. Considering the non-stop legal and compliance developments in this space, with more on the horizon, in-house counsel and compliance professionals for companies with supply chains that touch the United States…

The compromise version of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (HR 6256) (“Act”) was recently passed by both chambers of Congress, and the legislation is now cleared for President Biden’s signature. It is expected that President Biden will sign the legislation into law soon. With strong bipartisan support, earlier versions of this legislation had passed the US House and Senate in the preceding months, and lawmakers reached an agreement that merged versions from each chamber. …