Business and human rights
Respecting human rights is an increasingly important and necessary element to achieve sustainable business success. Our multi-disciplinary team can support you and your business to grow responsibly and navigate this increasingly complex area of law.
With the increasing focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) and responsible business practices, business and human rights (BHR) is a key consideration for successful individuals, families, businesses and charities.
What you need to know
There has never been a more important time to ensure that you, and your business, are preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights.
Following the 2011 publication of the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, several countries have introduced mandatory legal (reporting) requirements or regulatory standards businesses have to meet, for example the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 or the French Corporate Duty of Vigilance Law , with further legislation on the horizon.
Simultaneously, national courts have seen a considerable increase in the number of high-profile human rights-related cases brought against companies, often in respect of human rights violations connected with their overseas subsidiaries and supply chains. The financial and reputational costs to a company, and its management, embroiled in such litigation is often significant.
Achieving sustainable success
Whether you are a multinational corporation, international investor, family office or charity, our specialist team can help you to navigate this increasingly complex area of law and provide integrated advice to address ESG and BHR risks and issues.
Planning ahead is vital when managing your BHR strategy. We can help you develop your corporate policy and governance landscape, assist with regulatory compliance and due diligence globally and also conduct BHR Impact Assessments, supply chain risk management and develop BHR grievance mechanisms, to ensure you are compliant with the law. We also have specialist experience advising States and Governments on their international obligations, as well as creating and implementing national action plans and developing human rights legislation.
We provide strategic advice on managing BHR and ESG litigation and liability risks. If you find yourself involved in a dispute, we offer tailored solutions to reach resolution and represent your company in litigation and arbitrations should the dispute become contentious. This can have a significant impact on your business’ reputation but our experts will help you mitigate reputational risk and manage the outcome.
Finally, if you are an investor, fund or financial institution looking for advice on impact or sustainable investments, our global experts can help you assess available options and find the right solution to suit your personal and professional goals.
Whatever your objectives, we will work with you at any stage of operations to implement your human rights responsibilities and help achieve sustainable success.
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