Many corporates are signatories to internationally accepted principles of responsible investment, members of the UN Global Compact and – increasingly – subject to mandatory reporting requirements on non-financial risks including human rights exposures, sustainability, and diversity. Access to capital markets, government contracts and wider stakeholder engagement are increasingly contingent on adherence to the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights or their industry-specific applications.
· How can these emerging and evolving issues be approached as a governance matter?
· How can we identify and perform due diligence for these new risks?
· How can these wider norms and aspirations be incorporated into corporate culture and appropriately reported on?
· What are the latest trends, particularly in CSR, human rights activism, and related litigation?
Paul Davies, Partner, Latham & Watkins
Sophie Lamb, Partner, Latham & Watkins
Sylvain Guyoton, Senior Vice President Research, EcoVadis