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  • Four Years Since Rana Plaza: Retailers urged to increase supply chain transparency

    Four Years Since Rana Plaza: Retailers urged to increase supply chain transparency

    Today marks the four-year anniversary of a tragic incident in which 1,134 workers were killed, and thousands more injured, when an eight-story garment factory came crashing down in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital. The Rana Plaza collapse attracted ...

    Leila Nasr

  • Emergent Standards & Expectations on Corporate Conduct: Why This Matters To Your Business

    Emergent Standards & Expectations on Corporate Conduct: Why This Matters To Your Business

    As governments worldwide continue to set rigorous standards for corporate conduct, businesses are faced with ever-increasing regulatory requirements to comply with these growing initiatives. The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and ...

  • Compliance Trends in 2017: what to expect, how to prepare

    Compliance Trends in 2017: what to expect, how to prepare

    Looking back on 2016, it was without doubt a year of political upheaval and increased scrutiny on the environmental, social and human rights implications of government regulations, corporate practices and consumer habits. In 2017, these changes will ...

  • Top 10 Compliance Storylines from 2016

    Top 10 Compliance Storylines from 2016

    For the compliance sector, 2016 was a critical year. It was a year in which regional government bodies around the globe took on greater responsibility as gatekeepers of environmental and human rights standards in the corporate sector. It was also ...

    Leila Nasr

  • ECHA Confirms Four SVHCs for January Candidate List, Proposes Two Others

    ECHA Confirms Four SVHCs for January Candidate List, Proposes Two Others

    The Member State Committee (MSC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has agreed on four Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to be included in the January 2017 Candidate List update. To learn more about what constitutes an article under ...

    Ashley Derouchie

  • Retailers in UK Using Refugees in Turkish Factories

    Retailers in UK Using Refugees in Turkish Factories

    A recent BBC investigation inside Turkish garment factories alleges they uncovered Syrian refugees, including young children, working to make clothes for major retailers based in the UK including Marks & Spencers and ASOS. In early 2016, ...

    Ashley Derouchie

  • The Human Trafficking Risk Template: How Assent Enhances Your Compliance Program

    The Human Trafficking Risk Template: How Assent Enhances Your Compliance Program

    The Human Trafficking Risk Template is an open-source industry template used to help companies in their compliance efforts with anti-human trafficking regulations or internal initiatives. The HTRT helps companies identify and prioritize human ...

    Ashley Derouchie

  • An International Business & Human Rights Treaty: Is Your Company Prepared?

    An International Business & Human Rights Treaty: Is Your Company Prepared?

    The international community is moving towards the adoption of a legally-binding United Nations (UN) instrument that regulates the activities of corporations with regards to human rights. Under the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive, many ...

  • Top 100 Conflict Mineral Scores Released

    Top 100 Conflict Mineral Scores Released

    The top 100 scores from the Conflict Mineral Benchmarking Study RY2015 have been released. “These are some of the strongest conflict mineral compliance programs in the country,” said Jonathan Hughes, Assent Compliance’s Conflict ...

    Matthew Desrosiers

  • RoHS Directive: Industry Group Challenges Exemption Recommendations

    RoHS Directive: Industry Group Challenges Exemption Recommendations

    A group of industry associations has told the European Union Commission it does not agree with recommendations on how to handle Pack 9 exemptions under the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. The Cross-Industry Project, also known ...

  • Understanding the UK Labour Standards Assurance System [eBook]

    Understanding the UK Labour Standards Assurance System [eBook]

    The Labour Standards Assurance System (LSAS) is designed to reduce the incidence of labor standards abuses in the medical supply industry. Companies who supply to, or will supply to, National Health Service (NHS) Supply Chain must ensure the use of ...

  • European Union RoHS Directive: Understanding Exemptions - White Paper

    European Union RoHS Directive: Understanding Exemptions - White Paper

    Exemptions play a significant role in complying with the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. In order to meet their requirements, companies must understand how exemptions work within the directive and how to ...

    Matthew Desrosiers

  • How Assent Compliance Helps Prevent Human Trafficking in Supply Chains [VIDEO]

    How Assent Compliance Helps Prevent Human Trafficking in Supply Chains [VIDEO]

    With the release of the U.S. Department of State’s Responsible Sourcing Tool, companies now have a framework they can use to comply with the Federal Acquisition Regulation’s (FAR’s) rule to combat trafficking in persons. However, ...

  • Conflict Minerals: Chinese Regulatory Advances

    Conflict Minerals: Chinese Regulatory Advances

    Summary Chinese companies with conflict minerals in their supply chains, namely Tin, Tungsten, Tantalum and Gold (3TGs), are being asked to comply with a new set of due diligence guidelines developed by the China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, ...

  • What Are Full Material Disclosures? [VIDEO]

    What Are Full Material Disclosures? [VIDEO]

    Successful companies are always looking for ways to streamline their business, find efficiencies and lower costs. Within materials compliance departments, the best way for companies to achieve this is through the collection of full material ...

    Matthew Desrosiers

  • A Product is a sum of its parts

    A Product is a sum of its parts

    Summary On September 10,2015, The Court of Justice of the European Union (GEU) clarified a longstanding conflict with respect to the definition of "complex articles" or "once an article, always an article." This preliminary ruling` has a significant ...

  • Reach: Applying the New Article Interpretation

    Reach: Applying the New Article Interpretation

    On September 10th, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) completely changed1 the longstanding interpretation of what constitutes an article under the European Union’s (EU) REACH Regulation2 . Doing so clarified a conflict ...

  • How to plan your new RoHS program

    How to plan your new RoHS program

    Summary The Directive 2015/863` has amended Annex II of the European Union`s RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU)2 to restrict an additional four substances in electronics. Lessons learned from the first RoHS Directive (2002/95/EC)5 strengthen the need to ...