A failure to identify and manage Business & Human Rights risks arising from environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues can create legal, regulatory and litigation risks and harm reputation and brand value.
Human rights controversies can lead to a loss of commercial opportunities, increased operating costs and extended project delivery time, prevent access to capital and impact shareholder and investor relations. Mainstream investors now expect effective human rights governance and risk management systems within the context of a wider Sustainability and ESG strategy.
We work with our clients to embed business and human rights risk management into a holistic Sustainability and ESG strategy. We advise boards, senior executives and in-house counsel as well as sustainability and other business professionals to develop business and human rights strategies, identify and manage salient risks across project development, investment planning, transactional, compliance, due diligence, risk assessment and supply chain management processes and meet human rights reporting and disclosure obligations.
Our team is best known for:
- Strategic full service approach with specialist business and human rights expertise - Our approach combines specialist human rights and market-leading regulatory, corporate, commercial and litigation lawyers to navigate strategic, governance, transactional, compliance and dispute resolution issues.
- Holistic solutions through collaboration with subject matter experts - We work with cross-functional and cross-discipline, internal and external subject matter experts to complement the advisory services our lawyers provide. This includes consultants, investigators, academics, data providers, civil society organisations.
- Global collaboration – Our global team is spread across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific with key anchors in every region so that clients can tap into our network of expertise around the world.