ESG - Social: How does your business impact people and how do you give back socially?
Without fail, businesses are expected to do the right thing not only for their own people but also their customers, suppliers and the wider community.
Expectations and standards for good social and ethical behaviour are constantly being raised and no business can afford to be complacent in its values and offering.
Good working practices that adapt and reflect both ever evolving employee needs and an increasingly diverse world are key to attracting and retaining the talent required to maintain a competitive edge.
Our team can advise and support you on issues such as:
- Drafting diversity and inclusion policies and advising on positive action initiatives, transitioning at work policies and trans and non-binary matters in the workplace
- Advising brand owners and advertising agencies on diversity and inclusion in advertising, including avoiding harmful gender discrimination, racial stereotyping and stereotyping by reference to sex or sexual orientation
- Advising on employee beliefs and activism and reviewing existing CSR policies to ensure they reflect an organisation’s values
- Global social issues disrupting supply chains and causing contractual performance issues
- Developing Guardian schemes to foster safe working environments for all employees and undertaking workplace investigations into employee wrongdoing
- Bringing or defending contract or misrepresentation claims where parties have not adhered to social standards in contractual arrangements
- Drafting policies covering menopause, adoption, surrogacy, parental and miscarriage leave
- Advising on policies and schemes to attract new and retain existing talent from apprenticeship schemes through to flexible and hybrid working policies
- Post-transaction claims following corporate transactions for breach of warranties and indemnities relating to compliance with social standards
- Supporting with gender and ethnicity pay gap reporting and compliance with National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage
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