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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 -

The FCPA at 40 – Evolution in the Fight Against Bribery and Corruption

by Thomas Fox on

In two speeches last week Department of Justice (DOJ) Acting Principal Assistant Attorney General Trevor McFadden addressed multiple topics and issues around the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The first set of remarks...more

France Adopts a New Law Requiring Companies to Diligence their Supply Chains in Relation to Human Rights, Environmental, and...

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On March 27, 2017, the French Parliament adopted a Law On The Duty Of Vigilance For Parent And Subcontracting Companies. The law amends the Commerce Code and requires companies to establish and implement a plan for...more

The SEC and the Conflict Minerals Rule: What You Need to Know about the Latest Developments

It is clear that Michael Piwowar, Acting Chairman of the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) is not a fan of the conflict minerals rule. Earlier this month, the Acting Chairman and the Division of Corporation Finance...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

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - April 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: an effort by Twitter to enjoin U.S. Government demands for...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

Conflict Minerals: Recent Developments and Business Implications of Potentially Diverging U.S. and EU Approaches

by Hogan Lovells on

On April 3, 2017, the Council of the European Union approved a new regulation intended to prevent the trade in conflict minerals, which followed the approval of the European Parliament on March 16, 2017. This puts an end to...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

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

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

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

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

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

by Littler on

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 Financial Institutions Assess Risks and Opportunities

by Bryan Cave on

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

by Dentons on

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

by Bennett Jones LLP on

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

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