Business Accountability for Human Rights: Addressing Human Rights Issues in Global Supply Chains Conference

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On April 7, 2022, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (Catholic Law) — in collaboration with Paul Hastings LLP — hosted government officials, business people, lawyers, scholars, and representatives of faith traditions to explore human rights issues in global supply chains. The conference, Business Accountability For Human Rights: Addressing Human Rights Issues in Global Supply Chains, was coordinated by Professor Sarah H. Duggin, Director of the Compliance, Investigations, and Corporate Responsibility Program (CICR), as well as Tara Giunta '86 and Renata Parras of Paul Hastings LLP.

The day-long conference (with both in-person and virtual guests) was the culmination of a series of webinars that began in the fall of 2020 with a program on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers in global supply chains. Subsequent webinars focused on a variety of topics including business initiatives to address human rights issues, the corporate responsibility of small businesses, faith perspectives on business and human rights, and visions for how the public and private sectors can work together to end labor exploitation. Building on the foundation of the previous programming, the conference was designed to strengthen the collective efforts to disrupt human rights abuses in global supply chains through speakers, panels, and paper presentations.