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 -
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Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance: Commitment at the Top

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

Environmental Transparency Becomes Obligatory in 2017 as EU Directive 2014/95 Comes into Effect

Unprecedented globalisation, coupled with significant concerns around climate change, has taken environmental and social responsibility from a voluntary concept to something more obligatory and enforceable. Consequently,...more

Chinese Companies Transacting in Canada — Deal’s Closed: Now What?

When Chinese and Canadian companies come together, whether it’s through a merger, joint venture or another arrangement where cultures will be meshed, tackling the cultural differences is critical. Culture isn’t about...more

Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance: Obstacles to Effective Integration

This is the third in a series of posts reflecting excerpts from a chapter that I authored on corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) for the Corporate Legal Compliance Handbook. For some companies, integrating CSR...more

Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance: Building Capacity to Respond to Stakeholder Demands

This is the second in a series of posts reflecting excerpts from a chapter that I authored on corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) for the Corporate Legal Compliance Handbook. CSR is dynamic: it is responsive to...more

Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance: A Functional Convergence

This is the first 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 Kluwer on...more

Are You Ready to Disclose Your Environmental, Social, and Governance Risks?

Back in April, the Securities and Exchange Commission sought public comments on modernizing certain business and financial disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K. In their Concept Release, the SEC noted that some...more

Sustainability Reporting Gains Momentum

A couple of years ago I suggested that companies should consider adding new, or enhancing their existing, sustainability disclosures. The trend toward sustainability (frequently known as “ESG” for environmental, social and...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: June 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: new guidance for boards of directors on business and human...more

Cybersecurity, Corporate Governance, and Risk Management: Best Practices

As litigators, we help clients resolve conflicts that have matured into disputes. In the realm of cybersecurity, we defend claims brought by private parties or governmental entities against companies facing the fallout from...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Strategic Planning Considerations

Strategic Planning Considerations - Strategic planning continues to be a high priority for directors and one to which they want to devote more time.i Figuring out where the company wants to — and where it should want to...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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - June 2015

The SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis issued analysis on the “potential effect on pay ratio disclosure of exclusion of different percentages of employees at a range of thresholds.” Without even trying to follow the...more

Emerging Sustainability Reporting Standards

Whether they call it ESG (environment, social responsibility and governance), CR (corporate responsibility), sustainability or something else, more and more companies are choosing to voluntarily disclose their efforts and...more

Proxy Advisory Firms Release Policy Updates for 2015

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis, two leading proxy advisory firms, recently published their 2015 proxy voting guidelines for US companies, which include several updates applicable to the 2015 proxy...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Adopt 2015 Voting Policies

Proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass Lewis have both released their voting policies for the 2015 proxy season. The policy changes for U.S. companies include updates to the firms’...more

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