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Webinar: Model Contract Clauses to Protect Workers’ Human Rights in Supply Chains
March 1, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
1 Hour MCLE
This webinar will present a set of model contract clauses (the MCCs) and a responsible purchasing code of conduct (the Buyer Code) to better protect workers’ human rights in supply chains. The MCCs and the Buyer Code can be included in international supply agreements between purchasing firms (e.g., retailers or brands) and their suppliers (e.g., manufacturers, factories, farms, fishing companies). The MCCs are designed to improve the social and human rights performance of international supply contracts, and, by extension, global supply chains. Their adoption promotes the “S” in ESG and supports mission implementation for purpose-driven businesses. It would enable companies to be more closely aligned with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD guidance for multinational enterprises. It would also facilitate compliance with the emerging legal requirements coming out of the E.U. pertaining to human rights due diligence.
Non-Member Price $75.00
Member Price $55.00
Moderator: Patrick Miller. Speakers: Sarah Dadush and Olivia Windham Stewart.
Olivia Windham Stewart is an independent business and human rights specialist based in the UK, and a Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Business and Human Rights Law Program at the Center for Corporate Law and Governance, Rutgers Law School. As an independent specialist, Olivia works on a range of projects to increase corporate accountability and human rights due diligence across sectors. Prior to working independently, Olivia was on the Labour Rights team at Laudes Foundation (formerly C&A Foundation) and at Impactt UK. She has worked extensively in production countries around the world, particularly in South and South East Asia and has been a contributing member of the Principled Purchasing Project to draft model contract clauses to protect human rights in international supply chains since March 2020.
Sarah Dadush is a Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School. Her research lies at the intersection of business and human rights. Her scholarship explores various innovative legal mechanisms for improving the social and environmental performance of multinational corporations. She founded and directs the Law School’s Business & Human Rights Law Program and co-leads an ABA Business Law Section Working Group that has developed a comprehensive toolkit for upgrading international supply contracts to better protect workers’ human rights.
Before joining the Rutgers faculty, Professor Dadush served as Legal Counsel and Partnership Officer for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations based in Rome. Prior to that, she was a Fellow at NYU’s Institute for International Law and Justice, where she administered the Institute’s research program on Financing for Development. She also worked as an Associate Attorney at the global law firm, Allen & Overy L.L.P., specializing in international investment arbitration and cross-border banking transactions. She received her J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law in 2004.
She teaches Contracts, Consumer Law, Business & Human Rights, Corporate Social Responsibility, and International Development Law & Finance.
Patrick Miller is the Founding Partner of P Miller Legal Services, a law firm focusing on international commercial dispute resolution through arbitration, mediation and litigation. He concentrates on working with multi-bottom-line companies that incorporate a social mission into their business models. He is a strong advocate for social businesses and passionate about assisting these companies when they encounter commercial disputes.
He has worked in the US, Europe and Asia — spending nearly a decade in South-East Asia working on commercial disputes with a large international law firm. He has also advised several social impact startups doing business internationally, providing advice on both legal and business issues.
He is active in the business & human rights legal community and recently began working with an ABA Business Law Section Working Group that has a developed a comprehensive set of contractual provisions to address potential human rights violations in international supply chains.