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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 -

Corporate Sustainability Efforts on Upswing

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Despite the new administration’s efforts to rollback Obama Era environmental regulations, most businesses in the U.S. are maintaining their commitments to sustainability. According to Lucid’s 2017 Sustainability Outlook...more

Investors’ Climate Change Voting Records Face Scrutiny

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Companies who engage with their large institutional shareholders on environmental and social issues during the 2018 proxy season should keep in mind that these investors are facing pressure from other investors on their...more

Using a Human Rights Lens to Strengthen Your Anti-Corruption Compliance Program

Companies are increasingly expected to manage the human rights impacts of their activities. This expectation is embedded in new legislative requirements, in the requirements of business partners and investors, and in the...more

Paths to social risk reform for the Hong Kong financial markets

by DLA Piper on

The Asia-Pacific business environment is rife with social risk, manifested as human trafficking, forced labour, modern day slavery, child labour, safety and work environment issues, and other labour rights violations. In the...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - July 2017 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice addressing a...more

Vail Resorts announces sustainability, net zero plan

by PretiFlaherty on

Vail Resorts, Inc. -- the largest ski and mountain resort operator in the world -- has announced a comprehensive sustainability commitment that calls for "zero net emissions by 2030, zero waste to landfill by 2030 and zero...more

PRI’s Private Equity Terms Guidance Focuses on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Factors

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 13 July 2017, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) launched guidance on incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) provisions in private equity fund terms. The publication, Incorporating Responsible...more

Compliance and Plan C: Operationalization During Economic Uncertainties

by Thomas Fox on

The current economic climate continues to be in flux, with many companies falling back to Plan C, which is hunker down and ride things out until the next Presidential election and hope for some clarity in 2020. This obviously...more

Who Is My Neighbour? Ontario Court Rejects a Duty of Care to Employees of Foreign Suppliers

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently dismissed a proposed class action arising out of the collapse of a manufacturing facility in Bangladesh. On July 5, 2017, in Das v. George Weston Limited (Das), the court found...more

Three Fund Issues That Can Unexpectedly Impact Portfolio Company Investments

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Increasingly complex fund structures and documentation mean that analysing how potential portfolio acquisitions interact with the fund at the top of any deal structure is more important now than ever. Investor Excuse...more

New guidance for lawyers advising businesses on human rights risks

by DLA Piper on

On 17 July 2017, the International Bar Association Legal Policy and Research Unit (LPRU) released a Handbook for Lawyers on Business and Human Rights to provide guidance for business lawyers and their corporate clients on how...more

Australia’s Consideration of a New Modern Slavery Act: What You Need to Know

Corporate counsel must increasingly assess the implications of new transparency statutes that require companies to make public disclosures as to their efforts to address certain human rights-related risks in connection with...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - June 2017 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a new report on human rights litigation in U.S. federal courts; new...more

Sustainability Reporting After the Paris Climate Accord

It’s fair to say that President Trump’s June 1 announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord has been widely reported. It’s also fair to say that the announcement triggered a host of passionate...more

The European Commission Places Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Issues Centre Stage

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The European Commission has recently published plans to integrate sustainability considerations into decisions made by investors within the EU. More specifically, the EU is looking to spell out in legislation, that the...more

Donating Fund Interests: A “Why Now?” and “How To” Primer

Due to increased valuation of public and private equities, coupled with the upcoming end of the sunset provision that allows hedge fund managers to defer taxation on fees earned offshore, there is an increased interest among...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - June 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the announcement of a new corporate alliance intended to advance...more

Sustainable Loans - Breaking the Mould for Sustainable Investment

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Royal Philips, a health technology company, has recently agreed to an innovative revolving credit facility agreement with a margin linked to the company’s year-on-year sustainability performance improvement. The agreement was...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - May 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a new report on the state of corporate human rights reporting; the...more

Thwarting Shareholder Activism Through Engagement

As the 2017 proxy season draws to a close for most companies, it is obvious that shareholder activism remains alive and well, though the actual number of public activist campaigns appears to have tapered off slightly as...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 328, Chris McNett on State Street Global Advisors' ESG Institutional Investor Survey

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with Chris McNett, the State Street Global Advisors' Head of Environmental, Social and Governance on SSGA's ESG Institutional Investor Survey. Topics include: 1. What was the reason for the State...more

The OECD’s View on Integration of ESG Issues into Investments – What Next?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a report (OECD Report) on investment governance and integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors on 2 May 2017. The OECD Report...more

Blog: You’re a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation — Now What?

by Cooley LLP on

So you’ve decided to incorporate as (or convert into) a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation (PBC). In your Certificate of Incorporation you have chosen a public benefit, or mission statement. Now what? This article discusses...more

Blog: Delaware Public Benefit Corporation — Is It Right For You? A Five-Part Test

by Cooley LLP on

If you’re an entrepreneur considering incorporating as or converting into a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation (PBC), the following five-part test may be helpful in determining whether it is the right choice of entity. ...more

Foley Hoag Releases Summary Report on Good Practices for Oil Pipelines, as Commissioned by the Dakota Access Consortium of Lenders

On May 9, we released a public summary of our report “Good Practice for Managing the Social Impacts of Oil Pipelines in the United States.” The independent report was prepared by Amy Lehr, Cicely Parseghian, and Gare...more

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