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Webinar: From Policy to Practice | How to prepare and respond to UFLPA requirements and detentions of cotton products

Webinar | 30 May

Practical Approaches to UFLPA Compliance and Supply Chain Transparency

Thursday 30 May | 2PM EDT / 11AM PDT | 1 hour

With the enactment of the UFLPA (Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act), businesses need to ensure that they are increasing visibility within their supply chains and are implementing due diligence processes to ensure that they are compliant with the import regulations. As a result, supply chain verification and transparency are an even more essential part of any business to avoid shipments being detained.

In light of this, the retailers and manufacturers of textiles, footwear, electrical products, personal care items, and other cotton products will need increased supply chain due diligence. They need access to reliable tools to investigate supply chains and adopt a proactive position to remain compliant. To support the businesses and products that are impacted by the UFLPA, the sustainability experts at Eurofins Sustainability Services are pleased to collaborate with Partners in Law experts in international law and regulatory compliance to bring you this webinar – covering all technical, strategic, and legal considerations you need to be aware of.

A recording of this webinar and presentation slides will be shared with all those who register.

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Agenda

Technical and strategic analysis

  • Review key factors, including UFLPA and other legislations
  • How to improve supply chain due diligence
  • Tools to investigate supply chains
  • Discuss SIRA (Stable Isotope Ratio Analysis) testing for cotton
  • How to achieve a proactive position

Legal perspective

  • What is expected from an importer to comply with UFLPA
  • How information should be presented
  • What does detention look like and how to respond
  • How customs view SIRA as an important tool
  • How to use available tools to meet UFLPA requirements
  • How to find solutions that address problems in a supply chain

Panel Discussion

 


 

Your Presenters and Panel Participants

Webinar UFLPA, Webinar Cotton Origin, How to prepare and respond to UFLPA requirements and detentions of cotton productsPete Hughes Global Sustainable Business Development | Eurofins Consumer Product Testing

With more than 15 years of experience in sustainable development, Pete brings a wealth of expertise across various sectors. He has collaborated with private enterprises, public institutions, and non-profit organisations to establish a distinguished portfolio of programmes. His transformative contributions have made a significant impact in areas of the footwear and apparel industry, where he has consistently led the way in sustainability initiatives, raised ethical standards, and advocated for energy-efficient measures.

In his current role as Global Sustainable Business Development at Eurofins, he has been dedicated to advancing supply chain mapping, enhancing traceability, and ensuring organisations understand how best to respond to emerging standards and ways of working. Pete works closely with Client representatives from Brands, Retailers and supply chain organisations in the textile, footwear, apparel and furniture industries.

Webinar UFLPA, Webinar Cotton Origin, How to prepare and respond to UFLPA requirements and detentions of cotton productsDavid Evan Partner | Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP

Mr. Evan has over 30 years of experience counselling companies on customs and international trade law matters. He advises clients in connection with all substantive issues handled by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, including the identification of duty savings opportunities, complex customs valuation matters, free trade programmes, tariff classification, marking, customs audits, broker compliance and forced labor issues.

 

Webinar UFLPA, Webinar Cotton Origin, How to prepare and respond to UFLPA requirements and detentions of cotton products Will Troutman Partner | Norton Rose Fulbright

Mr. Troutman is a partner of Norton Rose Fulbright. He concentrates his practice on market access for the US and California, environmental disputes, and business and human rights. Mr. Troutman’s expertise includes regulatory compliance for consumer products, food, cosmetics, and automotive parts; compliance and enforcement for chemicals and pesticides, including Proposition 65; Superfund, environmental regulation, and ESG issues in transactions; and supply chain dynamics involving human rights and CSR issues.

 

Webinar UFLPA, Webinar Cotton Origin, How to prepare and respond to UFLPA requirements and detentions of cotton productsDr. Vikki Addy Chief Technical Officer | Eurofins Sustainability Services

Vikki embarked on her journey with Eurofins BLC in 1992, following her academic achievements of a BSc (Hons) in Biology and a subsequent PhD in Biochemistry. Today, as the Chief Technical Officer for Eurofins Sustainability Services, she leads the business unit with a focus on sustainable chemistry, biomaterials, leather, and the development of innovative materials for consumer products. Her expertise particularly shines in the realms of chemical compliance and providing regulatory support throughout the supply chain.

 

Webinar UFLPA, Webinar Cotton Origin, How to prepare and respond to UFLPA requirements and detentions of cotton productsDr. Pratik Ichhaporia Vice President – Technical Services, Consumer Products North America | Eurofins MTS

Pratik has over 15 years of experience in the TIC (Testing, Inspection and Certification) industry and is an active member of ASTM Committee D13 on Textiles and F15 on Consumer Products. In his position, he provides counsel to clients for creating efficient product safety & compliance programmes based on industry best practices along with evolving the legislative & regulatory landscape.

 

Randy Rankin National Business Line Leader, Consumer Products Assurance | Eurofins

Randy has over 25 years experience in risk and supply chain management serving top-tier consumer products companies. Randy has been involved in the development of industry standard methodologies for consideration of working conditions in the supply chain; and the development of company perspectives on supply chain risk management issues. He possesses extensive and first-hand knowledge of supply chain with direct experience in consideration of conditions in most significant sourcing geographies including China, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Guatemala, and Mexico. Randy has been an active participant with the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) including holding positions on the Executive and Stakeholder Boards. Additionally, Randy is member of the Steering Committee for and the Social Responsibility Committee of the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) and a frequent contributor to industry and technical publications.

Randy is currently the National Business Line Leader for Assurance Services at Eurofins. In this role, Randy is responsible for developing client relationships and leading service teams responsible for supporting client efforts to identify and mitigate risks in the supply chain considering technical, social, environmental, and security risks in the consumer products sector. Additionally, Randy is the managing director and president of the Eurofins Assurance entities responsible for audits, certification, training and consulting in the food sector in the US.

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With trusted resources in the legal community, Eurofins Sustainability Services and Consumer Product Testing has created a full suite of proactive services and solutions-based services for understanding and managing supply chains. This is delivered through a combination of tracing your supply chain, auditing through recognised industry certification schemes, and confirming origin through our brand-new origin verification testing service. View Eurofins’ Cotton Origin Verification Testing and Traceability Solutions Using Stable Isotope Ratio Analysis pages to learn more.

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