On 16 July, Mayer Brown published an article saying that, on 12 July, the EU issued guidance on due diligence for EU businesses to address the risk of forced labour in their operations and supply chains. The non-binding Guidance is intended to provide companies with practical advice on the use of existing international due diligence instruments and does not create any new legal obligations. The article considers who is covered by the guidance, what should be covered by the due diligence procedures and what companies should do – especially if problems are encountered. Among other things, the article introduces a new (to me anyway) abbreviation – HRDD (human rights due diligence).
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