Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility refers to a business model that incorporates self-regulation mechanisms and aims to ensure better corporate compliance with ethical standards and international norms. Some... more +
Corporate Social Responsibility refers to a business model that incorporates self-regulation mechanisms and aims to ensure better corporate compliance with ethical standards and international norms. Some businesses approach the concept of corporate social responsibility more generally and define it as efforts to limit businesses' negative environmental and social impacts.  less -
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"Glass Lewis Issues 2016 US Proxy Policy Guidelines"

Proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis recently issued its U.S. voting policy guidelines for the 2016 proxy season. The guidelines include a few key changes, a summary of which is outlined below. Conflicting Shareholder...more

Gambling Companies Hit a Triple Bogey

Gambling companies Hillside (UK Sports) LP t/a Bet365 (“Bet365“), Coral Interactive (Gibraltar) Ltd (“Coral“) and Petfre (Gibraltar) Ltd (“Totesport”) were recently challenged by the UK advertising regulator, Advertising...more

World Exchanges Encouraged to Report Indicators of Long-Term Sustainability

On November 4th, the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) released a set of 34 sustainability measures that include environmental, social and governance indicators. WFE recommends that its member exchanges implement these...more

I’m Guessing That The DOL Didn’t Have in Mind Negative Weighing OF ESG Factors

In this post, I noted a recent study by Professor Tracie Woidtke at the University of Tennessee concluding that social-issue shareholder-proposal activism appears to be negatively related to firm value. I therefore raised...more

A Spotlight On Benefit Corporations

Benefit Corporations and other impact-driven corporate entities, such as Delaware Public Benefit Corporations and California Social Purpose Corporations, are proliferating at a healthy pace. More than 30 states have enacted...more

Department of Labor Reissues Rules on Fiduciaries Investing in “Economically Targeted Investments”

The Department of Labor (DOL) has clarified the fiduciary implications of an employee benefit plan investing in so-called “socially responsible investments,” sometimes referred to as “impact investments” or “economically...more

Alert: Final FSCO Guidance on Environmental, Social and Governance Factors Released

On October 21, 2015, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) released its investment guidance note on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors (Guidance Note) in final form. A draft version of the...more

Managing Legal and Reputational Risks in an Era of Enhanced Transparency

Companies face a range of new requirements and expectations calling for enhanced transparency regarding human rights-related risks in connection with their operations. Responsible compliance with both mandatory requirements...more

Blog: When It Comes To Corporate Social Responsibility, Do Daughters Make A Difference?

The study, by academics at the University of Miami and China Europe International Business School, looked at the corporate social responsibility ratings of S&P 500 companies during the period 1992 to 2012. The authors...more

Corporate Responsibility: Friedman vs. Porter and the Trend Toward Shared Value

On September 13, 1970, The New York Times published an oped by University of Chicago Professor Milton Friedman that provided the intellectual framework for a profound shift in American corporate governance. The article,...more

Booking a Meeting? In Venezuela It May Cost You a Rolex

First it was Petrobras but it certainly did not take long for the second shoe to drop for the other corrupt national energy company in Latin America, the Venezuelan national oil company Petróleos de Venezuela, also known as...more

Blog: Corp Fin Issues New SLB Providing Guidance On Rule 14a-8 Exclusions For “Conflicting Proposals” And “Ordinary Business”

Corp Fin today posted Staff Legal Bulletin 14H providing guidance on two key issues regarding shareholder proposals under Rule 14a-8: - the scope and application of Rule 14a-8(i)(9) (the exclusion for conflicting...more

Five – Five Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: September #2

It’s time for another rundown of five developments in the field of business and human rights — and broader corporate social responsibility — that we’ve been monitoring....more

Whistleblowing, VW’s Silence, and the Behavioural All Stars

This guest post is by Wendy Addison, Founder and Owner of SpeakOut SpeakUp Ltd. On the 2nd and 3rd of Sept 2015, I attended The International Behavioural Insights Conference in London. Hosted by the UK government’s ‘Nudge...more

Hong Kong Regulatory Update

This Hong Kong regulatory update is intended to provide a brief overview of the principal Hong Kong regulatory developments in the preceding three months relevant to companies listed or proposed to be listed on The Stock...more

Blog: Trinity Wall Street Files Cert Petition: Will SCOTUS Delve Into The “Ordinary Business Operations” Exclusion For Shareholder...

You might recall Trinity Wall Street v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc, a case involving a shareholder proposal requesting that Wal-Mart’s board of directors develop a policy regarding the sale of high-capacity firearms, such as the...more

New International Standard, ISO 19600:2014, Makes Few Headlines But May Have Huge Impact

Those of us working in the ethics and compliance field know that there is no shortage of guidance on best practices for establishing and maintaining an ethics and compliance program. In the U.S., the Federal Sentencing...more

Proxy Access In The 2015 Season

Rhonda Brauer is a senior managing director of corporate governance at Georgeson Inc. where she helps companies enhance their shareholder communications and analyze their governance practices. She recently joined Latham &...more

Alert: Modern Slavery Act 2015

Larger businesses will soon be required to prepare an annual, public-facing, slavery and human trafficking statement under new requirements imposed by the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This obligation is commonly referred to as...more

Blog: Class Action Charges Misrepresentation In Policies And Disclosures Regarding Slave Labor In Supply Chain

As discussed in this Bloomberg article, Costco and some of its suppliers are facing class action litigation alleging that Costco misled consumers about the use of slave labor and human trafficking in its supply chain for the...more

Italian Corporate Governance Code Amended to Include Corporate Social Responsibility and Whistleblowing Provisions for Listed...

Italian Listed Companies should implement changes by the end of the 2016 fiscal year. On July 10, 2015, the Corporate Governance Committee (the Committee) approved certain amendments to the Corporate Governance Code of...more

Modifiche al Codice di Autodisciplina delle Società Quotate

Corporate Social Responsibility e Whistleblowing entrano nel Codice di Autodisciplina delle Società Quotate. Il Comitato per la Corporate Governance (il “Comitato”) ha approvato lo scorso 10 luglio alcune modifiche al...more

Human Rights as a Business and Reputational Risk

News reports on human rights issues have become a steady drumbeat for companies in a variety of industries that operate in and source from nations in the developing world. The risks to companies posed by human rights abuses...more

The Legal Risks Associated with Corporate Sustainability Reporting

Investors, consumers and other stakeholder groups are driving a growing demand for companies to disclose more information about their environmental, social and governance (ESG) and sustainability practices. Many companies are...more

Managing Reputation Risk Through Ethics & Compliance Processes

Reputational risk is quickly climbing the ethics and compliance priority list. Companies are devoting huge amounts of resources to building up their reputations, but very few protect it as a risk factor despite the...more

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