Our Deep Dive into Labor Standards and Human Rights in Global Supply Chains

The majority of international trade is conducted along global supply chains with important impacts on firms and the structure of international trade. Increasingly, the United States, Europe, Japan and elsewhere are moving to require and enforce compliance by firms with international labor principles and standards as well as with human rights.  This is happening through supply chain transparency and due diligence laws, legislation such as the  U.S. Uygher Forced Labor Prevention Act as well in trade agreements such as the United States-Mexico-Canada deal.  In addition, private regulation of supply chains using codes of conduct, monitoring and other forms of collaboration by stakeholders is causing businesses, universities and other organizations to ensure that their supply chains produce goods and services consistent with labor and human right norms. This Deep Dive will explore these developments, the different supply chains governance mechanisms that are being developed and their implications for governments, businesses and civil society.
Who will benefit from this Deep Dive?
Officials in government and international organizations

Government officials working on labor standards, human rights as well as officials working on international trade policy and international development policy.  
Private sector public policy teams

People responsible for formulating and executing public policy outcomes for their companies with respect to international trade and supply chains, including compliance with labor standard and human rights norms. Small text.
Non-government organizations and non-profits

People engaged in developing and advocating policy solutions in areas such as human rights, labor standards, international development and sustainable trade. 
 Here is what you will learn
Labor standards and human rights applicable to supply chains

Learn about the latest developments in labor standards and human rights law as it applies to global supply changes  
Developments globally requiring products to be sourced consistent with labor standards and human rights  

We will analyze developments in labor standards and human rights law in the US, the EU and other countries as it applies to supply chains  
How compliance with labor standards and human rights in supply chains is being developed 

Learn about the mechanisms that exist to enforce compliance by the private sector with labor standards and human rights norms along their supply chains, as well as how effective these enforcement mechanisms We will discuss the most recent development and consider what is next when it comes to governance of supply chains in domestic and international setting, including the turn to trade agreements to government and enforcement labor and human rights norms across global supply chains.  
Learn about best practices when it comes to supply chain governance and what can be expected going forward  

We will also look at how industry is complying with product sourcing requirements along their supply chains, emerging best practice and developments in terms of supply chain governance we can expect to see going forward.  
Labor Standards and Human Rights in Global Supply Chains
Length: 3 weeks
Dates: February 27, 2023-March 17, 2023
Cost: $850

Format and Content 
  • Three week course
  • No need to take time off from work - content is released every couple of days so you can watch at your own pace
  • Three live/synchronous expert lectures that are recorded if you can't make them.
  • Group discussion and exercises with participants
  • A Policyware certificate in Labor and Human Rights in Global Supply Chains
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Meet Your Expert
Kevin Kolben

Kevin Kolben is Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management at Rutgers Business School. Kevin is an expert on transnational labor regulation and labor governance in supply chains. His research has appeared in leading journals, including the Harvard International Law Journal, the Journal of International Economic Law, the Virginia Journal of International Law, Theoretical Inquiries in Law, and the Michigan Journal of International Law, among others. Active in policy, he has served on the National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of United States Trade Agreements for the US Department of Labor, has addressed the European Parliament on trade matters, and is currently serving a term as a US panelist for the USMCA’s Rapid Response Mechanism. He also regularly consults with governments and international organizations, such as the International Labor Organization. He recently was part of a team that conducted a comparative analysis and identification of best practices of labor and environmental provisions in trade agreements for the European Commission as part of its trade and sustainable development review process.