Webinar: The EU Forced Labor Ban

Thursday, March 28, 2024
2:00 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET | Online


Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


The European Union is in the final stages of negotiating a forced labor ban which could go into force for companies as soon as 2026. The proposed ban prohibits products made with forced labor at any point in the value chain from entering, being distributed on, or being exported from the EU market. This webinar will look at what companies can expect if it passes, how it compares with U.S. legislation, how it will interact with the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, and how companies can prepare.
Attendees of this webinar will learn:
  • The scope of the proposed ban in the EU.
  • How it would differ from U.S. legislation.
  • How companies can prepare.


Headshot of Libby AnnatLibby Annat
Due Diligence Design 

Libby Annat has over 20 years’ experience working on responsible business conduct issues for international business across multiple sectors. She supports business to design and implement effective responses to human rights, labour, and environmental risk within clear business frameworks. She provides intelligence and strategy to FTSE 100 boards on policy and due diligence in high-risk contexts.

Headshot of Jennifer SchappertJennifer Schappert
Due Diligence Design 

Jennifer Schappert is a responsible business conduct due diligence expert with a background in government policy. Jennifer authored and negotiated OECD due diligence guidance that forms the basis of EU, UK and US legislation across multiple sectors. She provides analysis on alignment of company due diligence with forthcoming legislation and international standards and provides mediation for high-risk issues.


Headshot of Chelsea MurthaChelsea Murtha
Senior Director, Sustainability

Chelsea Murtha serves as the association’s advocate and spokesperson on matters of sustainability and product safety. She engages with Congress, the Executive Branch, independent agencies, as well as state and local legislatures and agencies and foreign governments on sustainability, product safety, and chemical management issues important to the industry. Chelsea is also the staff liaison to AAFA’s Environmental Committee and Product Safety Council.

Chelsea joined AAFA from a Washington, D.C., government affairs firm where she led advocacy efforts for clients, including several trade associations and apparel and footwear importers, on policy developments related to environmental, social, and governance issues in global supply chains. She has also worked for the U.S. Fashion Industry Association, and a Washington, D.C., international trade policy consultancy firm. Chelsea earned a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts from the George Washington University. 

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Stephanie Paendong