The Australian State of New South Wales recently passed the Modern Slavery Bill of 2018, which requires covered companies to release an annual statement that details the steps taken to ensure their operations and suppliers do not engage in modern slavery.
The Hong Kong legislature is currently considering draft legislation which, if enacted, will require certain companies—including those incorporated outside of Hong Kong—to publish a “slavery and human trafficking statement.”
In February 2017, legislatures in the Netherlands and France took significant steps to implement mandatory due diligence and reporting rules regarding the impact of an employer's operations and supply chains on human rights.
Courts in California and Canada have emerged as testing grounds for advancing claims of forced labor in global supply chains. The plaintiffs’ approach is to make companies more accountable to “soft law” norms like the UN Guiding Principles.
On November 29, 2016, France’s National Assembly adopted the text of a bill that, if enacted, would create new due diligence obligations for large French companies regarding their subsidiaries’ and supply chain members’ labor practices.