Date: 20 February 2024
Time: 3:00 PM UTC
Duration: 60 min
Language: English
Format: Online
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Worldwide: Mondaq’s Exclusive Forced Labour Guide: Navigating Canada’s Anti-Forced Labour Act

Join specialists from the leading Canadian law firm, Bennett Jones, as we explore the transformative implications of Canada's Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act. Previously known as Bill S-211, this pivotal legislation mandates annual reporting, introduces a new era of accountability and ethical responsibility for certain entities engaged in (a) importing goods into Canada, and (b), producing, selling or distributing goods in Canada within or elsewhere, or outside Canada—including any operators controlling an entity that entities who undertake any of these activities listed in (a) or (b).

The Act imposes an annual reporting requirement for certain entities. As the first public report deadline approaches on May 31, 2024, learn how to navigate the intricacies of the annual reporting obligations imposed on corporations, trusts, partnerships and unincorporated other organizations that have with a Canadian nexus to Canada and perform import, production, sales or distribution activities involving goods.

Why Attend:

A lively discussion surrounding the requirements of the new law and how companies doing business in or with Canada can develop ethical supply chain best practices to appropriately mitigate risk of labour abuses.

The Act's potential for imposing criminal liability for non-compliance or false statements adds a layer of urgency and significance to this discussion. Perfect for actors from all sectors of the international trade industry, this event promises a dynamic and in-depth discussion, emphasizing the critical importance of developing ethical supply chain practices.

Don't miss this opportunity to stay ahead of the curve and navigate the complexities of ethical supply chain management in Canada. Join us for an engaging discussion that will shape the future of your business in the new world of Canadian trade legislation.

Jessica Horwitz

Jessica works with clients across a broad range of industries to creatively solve problems and resolve disputes concerning imports, exports and international investments. She has expertise in Canadian customs law, trade remedies (anti-dumping and countervailing duties and safeguard measures), cross-border excise taxes (GST/HST) and duties, bilateral and regional free trade agreements and WTO law, Canadian product regulation and labelling, export controlled goods and technology, national defence contracting and the Controlled Goods Program, Canadian economic sanctions, anti-money laundering, anti-terrorist financing and anti-corruption laws, forced labour compliance and supply chain integrity, and other cross-border issues.

Sabrina Bandali

Sabrina A. Bandali helps Canadian and international clients navigate a broad range of international trade and investment law issues. She provides strategic advice related to free trade and investment protection agreements, customs law, foreign corrupt practices, economic sanctions, export controls, trade remedies, supply chain/forced labour and international disputes, including investment treaty arbitration. She represents clients in a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, technology, consumer products, retail/fashion, life sciences, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and agriculture.

Sharon Singh

Sharon's perspective and approach are informed by over a decade of experience working in industry and allows her to provide practical, collaborative, strategic and innovative solutions to proponents and operators. She is recognized for her proven ability to create collaborative relationships with Indigenous nations, local communities and regulators and implementing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance, diligence and reporting within organizations.

Alison FitzGerald

Alison FitzGerald's practice focuses on international arbitration and international trade and investment. She takes a practical approach to advising clients, seeking to understand their business needs as well as their legal needs, their risk appetite, and their strategic goals. She is a passionate advocate for her clients and their interests.

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