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Human rights & modern slavery

Welcome to the Eversheds Sutherland’s global business and human rights hub. Here, you can find our publications on human rights, how these issues affect your business and details of our client events program.

Developments in global business and human rights law

Global employment conditions are under increasing scrutiny. Allegations of modern slavery and trafficking, sweatshop factories, dangerous working conditions and child labor have been made against a wide range of companies, particularly those reliant on long and complex supply chains.

Increasingly, suppliers are being asked to certify their human rights standards and businesses called upon to disclose how they are addressing human rights issues. Governments are reinforcing this change in emphasis by introducing new human rights procurement conditions, governance codes, reporting duties and national action plans.

Experienced global business and human rights lawyers

Workplace human rights abuses cause misery and threaten lives. They also pose a significant risk to your business including reputational, financial, operational and legal damage. To minimize the prospect of brand damage, it is vital that you respond to these challenges by working to prevent harm, demonstrate ethical leadership and build sustainable operations.

Eversheds Sutherland’s risk assessment and due diligence tools play an essential part in that response, helping your businesses to identify and address key human rights risks, demonstrate the action taken and manage the transition towards greater transparency.

Contact our global business and human rights team

If you would like any further information or need advice on global business and human rights law, please contact our legal team

Key contacts

Diane Gilhooley, Partner

  • Global Head of Employment, Labor and Pensions, and Global Co-Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
  • +44 161 831 8151
  • E-mail Diane Gilhooley

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