Protecting Attorney-Client Privilege In Human Rights Audits

By Katherine Pappas and Virginia Newman (October 6, 2021, 2:30 PM EDT) -- Human rights due diligence is becoming an increasingly critical priority for multinational companies.

In addition to the growing acceptance of companies' important role in respecting human rights, the heightened focus on human rights compliance has been prompted by a number of enforcement and regulatory developments — such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection's significant increase in enforcement of U.S. laws prohibiting the import of goods made with forced labor, and mandatory due diligence and disclosure laws enacted in other jurisdictions.

In addition to regulatory scrutiny and enforcement risk, the reputational damage from adverse publicity can significantly affect a company's value. And...

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