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Corporate Social Responsibility Corporate Governance

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 -

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

Sustainable Loans - Breaking the Mould for Sustainable Investment

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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

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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?

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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: 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

Diversity and Inclusion: Not Just an Ideal, But a Client Demand

by Sands Anderson PC on

Facebook recently announced a new policy: At least 33% of the lawyers hired to represent the social media giant must be a female or minority. Law firms vying to service Facebook’s legal work must demonstrate their active...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - April 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The following developments from the past month offer guidance on corporate law and governance law as they may be applied to nonprofit health care organizations: OVERSIGHT OF CORPORATE CULTURE - A significant emerging...more

SEC Issues Updated Statement on Conflict Minerals Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Friday afternoon, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued an Updated Statement on the Conflict Minerals Rule (the “Rule”). An updated Statement was widely anticipated. Earlier in the week, on April 3rd, the U.S....more

Law à la Mode: The future of retail; Green fashion; E-commerce in China; Brexit update: trademarks and design; and more (UK) Issue...

by DLA Piper on

Management, a Belgian national and expert on retail management and customer experience for fashion, department stores and home improvement retailing. He tells us about the changes he has seen in the retail sector over the...more

The Downside of Sustainability Reporting

Not long ago, I wrote about the growth of sustainability reporting among public companies. (See this Doug’s Note.) It is now widely believed that effective sustainability reporting, also called “corporate social...more

Italy Implements Directive Requiring Non-Financial Disclosures for Large European Undertakings

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Large public-interest companies and parent companies must disclose several types of non-financial information — for the benefit of both investors and consumers — or face monetary penalties. Directive 2014/95/EU of...more

Boardroom Perspectives: How Directors Can Use Sustainability to Drive Value

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

The Changing Climate is Changing the Way Financial Institutions Assess Risks and Opportunities

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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

Senegal's new Mining Code

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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

"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

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

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

Sustainable Investment and ESG Compliance - Emerging Litigation

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - December 2016

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: IHRB’s annual list of the Top 10 business and human rights issues...more

Potential Liability for Ignoring Non-Financial Factors in Investment Starts With Climate Change

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Commercial risks to businesses can no longer be neatly divided into financial and non-financial considerations. For example, there is growing recognition, particularly in the pensions sector, that a failure to take account...more

Business and Human Rights - Recent IBA Guidance for Lawyers

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Lawyers must have the intersection of business and human rights at the front of their minds, and in-house counsel are no exception. Human rights risks transcend borders and industries, and may lead to bet-the-company...more

Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance: Practical Approaches to Integration

This is the final post in a series of posts reflecting excerpts from a chapter that I authored on corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) for the Corporate Legal Compliance Handbook. Originally published in Wolters...more

Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance: Adopting a Principles-Based Approach to Performance

This is the seventh in a series of posts reflecting excerpts from a chapter that I authored on corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) for the Corporate Legal Compliance Handbook. Originally published in “Corporate...more

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