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A Dutch New Regulation Against Modern Slavery

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), around 40.3 million people are considered slaves today worldwide.  24.9 million of them are enslaved in forced labor and a quarter are children.  Several States, such as Australia, California, France, and the UK have enacted obligations to tackle this modern slavery and human trafficking issue.  Holland joined the effort on May 14th, 2019, and passed the Child Labor Due Diligence Law (Wet zorgplicht kinderarbeid).

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The scope of this regulation covers businesses that are registered in the Netherlands but also any company that places products into the Dutch market twice or more per year.  High-risk industrial sectors include manufacturers of various types of products, such as electrical and electronic equipment.

Impacted companies will have to show due diligence on how they ensure that their supply chains are not involved in child labor.  In doing so, they will have to submit a statement to the Dutch government who will post it online.  Importantly, the statement will have to meet due diligence internationally recognized standards.

Any person will be entitled to write an official complaint in case of violation of this law, which enters into force as of January 1st, 2020.

Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Enviropass.