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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GM Recall — Bad Switches, Bad Relations, Bad Acts

Why is GM in so much trouble? Is it just about bad switches or improperly operating air bags; recalls of millions of vehicles? Isn’t about more than that? Isn’t it really about corporate attitude, corporate responsibility and...more

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA): Recap and What to Expect in 2014 [Video]

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation adopted as final the Interagency Questions & Answers (Q&As) regarding...more

Cheryl & Kyle discuss TOMS “One for One”

TOMS has extended its brand, and its brand voice, and taking its social conscious nature with it. TOMS has extended its brand reach from shoes to coffee with the launch of TOMS Roasting Company. Along for the ride, its One...more

The Trust Deficit: After the Crash - DLA Piper’s response to a perspective report by Populus

When we sponsored the publication of the inaugural trust report, The Trust Deficit: Views from the Boardroom, in 2011 we did so as a response to the media and political fallout brought about by the financial crisis that...more

Should Corporations Conserve Water Because A Shareholder Believes It’s The Right Thing To Do?

Last month, the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) sent a letter to its California real estate and private equity managers asking that they take a number of steps to conserve water. I found CalPERS’...more

Mandatory Social and Financial Reporting: Coming Soon to the European Union

Corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) may have its roots in voluntary efforts by businesses to address their broader impacts on society, but the trend towards CSR becoming mandatory advanced significantly this week under a...more

The Trust Deficit: After the Crash

1. Introduction - 1.1 Introducing the Trust Deficit - In 2011, DLA Piper published a report based on a series of interviews with business leaders from some of Britain’s biggest companies. The Trust...more

Corporate Law Alert: Launch of New Oregon Benefit Company Law Produces Record Signups

On January 1, Oregon launched its new benefit company law, becoming the 20th U.S. state to allow the formation of such entities. The launch produced a record-setting response, with 29 registrants signing up for benefit...more

Agricultural Sector Companies Face Increased Scrutiny on Human Rights-Related Risks

Agricultural sector companies, and companies with large agricultural supply chains, face new scrutiny from investors and other stakeholders concerning human rights-related risks in their corporate supply chains. Key issues...more

“Hardening” Soft Law and Human Rights Expectations for Financial Institutions

Earlier this month, a group of global banks known as the Thun Group released a discussion paper exploring the ways in which financial institutions might seek to integrate the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human...more

The Wishbone, American Exceptionalism And The FCPA

It is Friday and this week’s college football began last night with the Texas Longhorns on television. The game reminded me about James Street who died this week. ...more

India's New Corporate Laws: Completing the Circle

As India’s Upper House Passes The Companies Bill 2012, 50 Years Of Corporate Legislation Is Replaced By An Enabling Agenda For Business For The Next 50 ...more

Navigant Investigations Quarterly 2013 - The Next Compliance Deluge: Understanding Foreign States’ Mandatory Corporate Social...

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has evolved from a “nice idea” or “marketing opportunity” to a true business imperative. Companies are increasingly becoming sophisticated with respect to CSR reporting and are checking...more

Doing Good While Doing Well — Delaware Is the 19th State to Adopt Public Benefit Corporation Law

A new Delaware law authorizing the creation of public benefit corporations (“PBCs”) in Delaware becomes effective on August 1, 2013. PBCs are a new type of socially conscious for profit corporation intended to operate in a...more

Asiana’s Crisis Response: Actions Don’t Speak For Themselves

Asiana’s public response to Saturday’s crash in San Francisco is raising more than a few eyebrows....more

CFPB's Office of Enforcement Issues a Bulletin Describing Its Definition of "Responsible Business Conduct"

On June 25, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Enforcement issued a bulletin outlining four factors that comprise what the Bureau calls “responsible business conduct,” and noting that these factors might...more

Competitive “(Dis)advantage” And Extraterritoriality Of Anti-Bribery Laws

I was recently interviewed by Branislav Hock, a Research Master in Law Tilburg University in The Netherlands in connection with his graduate studies. Bribery, including its various forms such as political contributions or...more

Responding to Investor Concerns Regarding Human Rights Impacts

Increasingly, companies will face explicit demands from investors, especially members of the socially responsible investor community, that they provide detailed disclosures regarding internal processes and procedures to...more

Public Benefit Corporation Act of Colorado - A New Framework to Support Socially Responsible Colorado Corporations

On May 16, 2013, Governor John Hickenlooper signed the Public Benefit Corporation Act of Colorado (the "Act") into law, creating a new class of for-profit corporations in Colorado beginning April 1, 2014, called "public...more

Four Key Board Responsibilities for Monitoring Risk and Compliance

Introduction: High Pressure Regulatory Environment - Now more than ever, there is increased regulatory pressure on organizations – and their Boards of Directors – to create and maintain effective ethics and compliance...more

How Much Due Diligence Is Enough?

Do you really know who you are doing business with in your supply chain? How much due diligence is enough? Should you update your due diligence on a regular basis? How about on a continuous basis? What ethical considerations...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition, April 2013

In this issue: - US DEVELOPMENTS - Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation - Recent SEC/DOJ Enforcement Matters - EU DEVELOPMENTS...more

Taking Stock of Business and Human Rights in the United States

This week, members of the United Nations (“U.N.”) Working Group on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations are making an official visit to the United States as part of the Group’s mandate to promote the effective...more

Any Volunteers?

Generations X, Y and Z: educated, independent, entitled and media savvy. When motivated, these workers can be very valuable. Retaining them, however, can be a problem. Conventional wisdom is don’t try; they will be moving...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - April 2013

In This Issue: - EU DEVELOPMENTS ..European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) Publishes an Update of the Committee of European Securities Regulators (“CESR”) Recommendations Regarding Mineral...more

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