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Our colleague, Nicola A. Smith, brings you the most recent edition of our quarterly food and drink sector newsletter for the UK, Legal NewsBITE. The newsletter includes coverage of a recent focus in the UK on meat processing standards and inspections by the Food Standards Agency, which has had a knock on effect on trade customers such as restaurants and pubs. This has highlighted yet again the importance of demonstrating compliance and supply…
Responsible sourcing is a vital consideration for supply chain professionals, however, sourcing valuable minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas is one of the most challenging supply chain concerns.  Importers of conflict minerals must meet the obligations of EU Regulation 2017/821, the Conflict Minerals Regulation, requiring third-party audits and disclosures about supply chain due diligence. Our resident conflicts minerals expert, Dynda Thomas, explains what is covered under the Conflict Minerals Regulation, sets forth considerations for importers of certain…
In light of the recent report outlining the shocking working conditions in Myanmar garment factories, we look at how organisations considering investing in the region should react to reports such as this; the practicalities of investing in such an industry/region as well as the factors organisations should consider when entering into new supplier relationships to ensure their supply chain and organisation remains slavery free.  Please click below to read the full article by Simon Garbett
The UK government has announced £8.5 million of funding to help tackle modern slavery, which will provide over 50 extra analysts, specialists and investigators to assist police in investigations to improve intelligence. This followed the first annual report of the Anti-Slavery Commissioner earlier this month which highlighted that failures by police to record slavery as offences meant investigations were not launched and victims were not receiving the required justice/ support. The report also includes supply…
We have recently written the attached thought leadership piece on some of the legal issues arising from the development of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technologies.  It is primarily written from a UK legal perspective, but this technology is already being developed and tested globally.  Emerging CAV technologies is an exciting, cutting edge and potentially game changing global interest issue, which is right at the forefront of the minds of both R&D departments of automotive…
The new obligation on commercial organisations over a certain size to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement has come into force today. There will, however, be transitional provisions to allow affected businesses sufficient time to understand the new requirements and produce a statement. Businesses with a year-end date on or after 31 March 2016 will be the first businesses required to publish a statement for their 2015-16 financial year. Businesses with a year-end date…
Last week, David Whincup, Head of our London Employment practice, wrote a post in the Employment Law Worldview Blog about the draft of the statutory guidance for the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. My word, you think, if this is the seventh draft, what on earth must versions one to six have been like?  Following the passage of the Modern Slavery Act, “many businesses have called for effective guidance on producing a slavery and…
As previously posted, Squire Patton Boggs and TheBusinessDesk.com surveyed the UK’s manufacturing sector and conducted a series of roundtables to determine what the industry needs in order to stay competitive in the global market.  The resulting manufacturing report gauges levels of confidence within the manufacturing sector and what businesses want to see from the government during the next 12 months to sustain growth.…
  Our colleagues at the Employment Law Worldview Blog have put together a helpful guide of 10 key points on the new requirements of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.  The guide provides an excellent breakdown of important points  such as how businesses will be affected by the new disclosure obligation and what steps businesses should be taking now. Employment Law Worldview: Top Ten Tips On New UK Slavery And Trafficking Obligations  …
Earlier this year, Squire Patton Boggs teamed up with TheBusinessDesk.com to gauge levels of confidence within the UK’s manufacturing sector and to determine what businesses need in order to stay competitive in the global market.  At issue were the implications of a referendum on the UK’s membership with the EU.  A survey was set up to collect information from manufacturers throughout the UK and was open to any who may be able to provide insight. …