ESG - Governance: How is your business run?
Increasing public scrutiny of the actions of Boards and Management Committees has shown the importance of good corporate governance principles.
Leadership teams are expected to lead by example to their people, investors and communities in promoting the company’s values and responsible business practices whilst making a lasting and impactful change.
From robust practices and supply chains to ensuring compliance with regulations, businesses need to ensure their practices will minimise the risk of damage to their reputation, company culture and the bottom line.
Our team can advise and support you on issues such as:
- Advising on supplier codes of conduct, modern slavery, compliance with the Bribery Act 2010 and anti-tax avoidance provisions
- Drafting codes of conduct and ethics policies (including anti-bribery and corruption) and advising on anti-money laundering issues
- Advising on governance issues relating to procurement and contracts with government bodies and large corporates
- Advising companies subject to, or involved in, criminal or regulatory investigations on reputational management issues
- Investigating whistleblowing complaints and claims of misconduct by management Boards
- Secure and compliant use of both employee and customer data
- Advising on misrepresentation and breach of contract claims for non-adherence to anti-bribery and corruption, human rights and anti-modern slavery standards
- Advising on the risks of terminating a commercial contract due to the counterparty being involved in a scandal relating to minimum health and safety, human rights, anti-bribery and corruption, anti-modern slavery or employment issues
- Advising on diversity (and diversity monitoring) of company Boards and executive pay ratio analysis and reporting
- Advising on IPSO and Ofcom issues relating to marketing and product placement and ASA and CMA issues relating to trading standards
Corporate Governance for UK companies – are you meeting statutory reporting requirements?28 April 2023
ESG remains a “hot topic”; this year, the Environmental pillar has been a key area of focus. Governance, the third pillar in the ESG framework, has not received the same level of attention, but is important for companies in the UK to consider, as they may be subject to corporate governance reporting requirements if they meet certain criteria.
Climate change action against directors dismissed07 June 2022
In one of the first cases of its kind, the High Court has dismissed an application to bring a claim for breach of duty against directors who, it was said, had failed to create a credible plan for disinvestment from fossil fuels.
Directors’ duties and climate change litigation: if not now, when?17 November 2021
For the last two weeks, many of us have been watching events unfold at the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference. Each day seemed to bring a mixed bag of news, some positive and some disappointing.