Business & Human Rights: Model Contract Clauses for Sustainable Supply Chains

GAIL regional event, hosted by GAIL North America

This panel presents the American Bar Association’s Model Contract Clauses for Human Rights (MCCs), to guide companies and their counsel on achieving responsible sourcing throughout the global supply chains. 

With burgeoning legislation, investor pressure, and consumer demand, responsible and sustainable supply chains are a high priority. The Model Contract Clauses (MCCs) are designed as a practical tool to help buyers and suppliers protect the human rights of workers in international supply chains. They include: 

  • a focus on the remediation of human rights harms over contractual remedies
  • relational dispute resolution mechanisms
  • an obligation of “responsible exit,” by buyers both generally and particularly with respect to force majeure or similar events
  • buyers sharing contractual responsibility for protecting human rights with their suppliers and sub-suppliers
  • a regime of human rights due diligence, requiring the parties to take appropriate steps to identify and mitigate human rights risks and to address adverse human rights impacts, instead of a typical regime of representations and warranties, with concomitant strict contractual liability

This session will provide an introduction to the MCCs, along with an overview of the recently launched book: Contracts for Responsible and Sustainable Supply Chains: Model Contract Clauses, Legal Analysis, and Practical Perspectives, Edited by Susan A Maslow and David V Snyder.

The session will be useful for practitioners from across large and small law firms, in-house counsel, academia, NGOs, civil society and any others who may be interested in adapting, operationalising and implementing the MCCs to protect human rights in supply chains.

This event will be in English. You can access information about each speaker below. Further speakers will be added.


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GAIL NA – BHR – Model Contract Clauses for Sustainable Supply Chains
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