Supply Chain Investigations and US Legal Privilege

    View Author March 2022

    Regulators worldwide are increasing their demands that manufacturers and retailers know and understand all aspects of their supply chains as they relate to Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) goals. Keeping the findings, communications, information, and reports generated in connection with supply chain ESG investigations is imperative to ensure full and candid fact-finding and to manage brand integrity effectively. However, maintaining legal confidentiality is challenging when an investigation includes fact-finding of third parties such as suppliers. This Memorandum provides an overview of legal privilege and discusses how companies can maximize legal privilege during and surrounding internal investigations of their supply chains.