US Increased Enforcement for Responsible Business Conduct and Due Diligence

The US government has issued a national action plan to promote responsible business conduct and human rights due diligence.  

According to the plan, the US government expects all businesses to conduct human rights due diligence (HRDD) throughout their value chains in line with internationally-recognized standards, to make HRDD an integral part of their decision-making, and to embed HRDD into their existing risk management systems. Businesses should also implement sector-specific standards that provide credible metrics that meaningfully measure progress on the impact of businesses on people across value chains. All businesses should conduct HRDD regardless of their size, sector, operational context, ownership, or structure, the plan states, although the scale and complexity or the means they use may vary.

Details on what constitutes HRDD can be found in the plan

This is an excerpt from the April 9 Trade Report published by Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A which can be viewed here