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The SEC’s recently released (and long-awaited) proposed rule changes that will require disclosure of climate-related risks (“the Proposed Rule”) are likely to have significant supply chain implications. The Proposed Rule would require listed companies to disclose information on climate-related risks and Greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions; as explained below, both of these disclosure categories include data related to corporate supply chains, and thus the Proposed Rule would essentially require public companies to obtain and analyze climate…

Although good practices related to Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) have caught the attention of consumers and public opinion over the past few years, the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has certainly pushed that trend forward. Throughout the course of the public health crisis, we have seen consumers demanding that companies implement sustainable practices in their business operations, including those related to environmental sustainability, labor and workplace safety, and human rights. In Latin America specifically, this…

Yesterday U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued its first finding of forced labor in 24 years (Finding) against importation into the United States of certain goods from a Chinese company.  The Finding was made pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1307, which prohibits the importation of merchandise mined, manufactured, or produced, wholly or in part, by forced labor, including convict labor, forced child labor, and indentured labor.  Building upon the withhold release order issued in May…