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

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 European Parliament’s adoption of a new conflict minerals...more

Boardroom Perspectives: How Directors Can Use Sustainability to Drive Value

Boards frequently encounter sustainability and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in the oversight of a company’s operations, management, financial reporting and public disclosure. Investors increasingly...more

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Published Statements on Your Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program

Has your company developed a corporate social responsibility program that you highlight on marketing materials? If so, you must choose your words carefully. Corporate social responsibility is a broad concept replete with...more

Dutch and French Legislatures Introduce New Human Rights Due Diligence Reporting Requirements

In February 2017, legislatures in the Netherlands and France took significant steps to implement mandatory due diligence and reporting rules regarding the impact of an employer's operations and supply chains on human rights. ...more

Introduction To US Benefit Corporations: US Subsidiaries of Foreign Parents Doing Good by Bridging Profitability and Responsible...

As discussed in Part I of this series, business owners are increasingly choosing to pursue the B-corporation form to combine their companies’ for-profit and public benefit purposes. B Lab, the independent non-profit that...more

Introduction To US Benefit Corporations: US Subsidiaries of Foreign Parents Doing Good by Bridging Profitability and Responsible...

In 2006, Yvon Chouinard, the founder of sportswear giant Patagonia, published a corporate memoir that would equally inspire board members in three-piece suits and surfers in wetsuits. Let My People Go Surfing: The Education...more

The Changing Climate is Changing the Way Banks Assess Risks and Opportunities

The financial sector is beginning to face up to the reality of climate change. Increasingly, banks and other financial institutions are managing the immense pool of capital they control with an eye towards the risks posed –...more

French National Assembly Adopts Corporate Duty of Vigilance Law

On February 21, 2017, the French National Assembly (Assemblée nationale) adopted proposed legislation defining a duty of vigilance for parent companies and their subcontractors. The law provides that multinational firms...more

Senegal's new Mining Code

In October 2016, the Senegalese Parliament passed a new Mining Code (the New Mining Code), which affects the way mining permits are processed, places additional social and environmental obligations on mine operators and...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - February 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 federal court decision holding that U.S.-based companies may be...more

SEC Issues a Call for Comments on All Aspects of the Conflict Minerals Rule

On January 31, the Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Michael Piwowar, issued an call for comments with regard to the conflict minerals rule. The rule was originally adopted by the SEC in...more

"US Corporate Governance: Will Private Ordering Trump Political Change?"

In the weeks following the U.S. presidential election, companies and investors enjoyed a stock market rally fueled by expectations concerning tax cuts, increased government spending and significant deregulation. While the...more

The Fall of Section 1504: Congress Votes to Repeal the Revenue Transparency Rule

Congress passed a joint resolution this week expressing its disapproval of the revenue transparency rule issued last June by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The rule, issued pursuant to Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank...more

Business and Human Rights in Foreign Operations: The Stakes Just Got Bigger

Canadian courts took another step in further opening the country’s courts to civil claims by foreign victims of alleged human rights abuses against Canadian corporations for acts committed abroad. In a January 26, 2017,...more

Risk in Compliance-Part III, Risk-Based Monitoring

Today I continue my exploration of risk in compliance by starting a consideration of risk-based monitoring. As I have the previous two days, I honor a television star who died last week and today it is Mike Connors. While...more

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

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: expected efforts by the U.S. Congress to repeal the Securities...more

Spotlight Turns on Corporate Responsibility in Italy as Italian Parliament Reviews New Draft Law Proposals

As corporate responsibility and business integrity become increasingly important to global commercial businesses, Italy has responded domestically with a review of two key laws which may significantly impact Italian...more

Meeting Society’s Expectations for Corporate Social Responsibility

Younger employees along with the public and media continue to apply pressure on organizations to address Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues including human rights and environmental sustainability. For many...more

Sustainability Reporting Trends in the New Year – ’16 going on ‘17

If you’re feeling uncertain or confused about the future of sustainability reporting in the United States, you’re not alone. With the business world’s adoption of sustainability reports moving full steam ahead—and increasing...more

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

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: updates on litigation in the Doe v. Nestle case; a private...more

Litigation Update: Plaintiffs Survive Motion to Dismiss in Case Involving Claims of Forced Labor in Corporate Supply Chains

January 11 2017 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and therefore a good time to revisit some recent litigation developments. On November 9, a date on which most of the American media was focused on the Presidential...more

Sustainable Investment and ESG Compliance - Emerging Litigation

There is an increasing desire amongst PE firms to publicise value creation through the use of bespoke metrics to measure improvements and value derived from (ESG) policies including improved reputational risk management;...more

Top 10 Ethics & Compliance Predictions and Recommendations for 2017

Once again it’s time for our annual review of trends and events that will impact your Ethics and Compliance (E&C) program in the year ahead. This year presents a unique challenge. We are preparing our predictions...more

Uncertainty in the Air: Boards Face Shifting Landscape in 2017

Corporate boards have become increasingly well acquainted with uncertainty as activist shareholders, aggressive regulators and shifting investor priorities have brought new levels of scrutiny and pressure on directors and...more

International developments on modern slavery

International developments on modern slavery - US Customs has seized four shipments seeking to enter the US this year. This follows developments early in 2016 when President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade...more

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