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Business and Human Rights: Global Developments

October 23, 2020, Covington Alert

Since Covington's last global Business and Human Rights update, there have been significant developments in national, regional, and international regulatory and enforcement initiatives, which have continued to exert pressure on companies to develop or enhance their processes for identifying and mitigating human rights risks in their global operations and value chains. While the majority of these initiatives have focused on measures designed to incentivize companies to conduct human rights due diligence generally across their operations, recent months have also seen a flurry of legislative and regulatory activity focused on specific human rights issues in value chains connected to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region ("XUAR") in China. This alert provides an update on the key regulatory, legislative, and multilateral developments.

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