The ideal relationship between legal, ethics and compliance professionals and the board of directors is one characterized by transparency and trust. Communicating about current and future risks honestly and clearly with the board—and getting the support needed in return—is a perpetual challenge. Our contributors discuss best practices in reporting, board structure, lines of communication, and more.

Collaboration Required: Getting the Right People at the ESG Table

By |2020-11-12T00:57:05+00:00November 12th, 2020|Boards and Governance, Sustainability|

Remember the days before the physically distant social life brought on by COVID-19? You might have been fortunate enough to have a foodie friend invite you to a dinner party complete with the experience of new dishes to taste and new people to meet. Whatever the circumstance that brought you to the table, it ...

The Social in ESG, and the False Long/Short-Term Debate

By |2020-11-12T00:06:11+00:00November 12th, 2020|Boards and Governance, Sustainability|

Baker McKenzie’s Peter Tomczak last spoke with Ethisphere Magazine a year ago in “The Super ESG Issue.” Since then, a few things in the ESG landscape have shifted, and the same trends we discussed then have only been accelerated by this year’s upheavals. We returned for a follow-up conversation with Tomczak about ESG’s long-neglected ...

AB InBev: Anti-Corruption as a Public-Private Partnership

By |2020-11-12T05:19:54+00:00November 10th, 2020|Boards and Governance, Value Chain and Third Party|

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated changes in how businesses approach corporate social responsibility. COVID has accelerated many processes, and corruption is not immune to its influence. Underneath the constant reporting on the virus and the headwind of lockdowns lies the ever-present challenge of global corruption, a systemic barrier to development. John Blood, Chief ...

Marvell & Western Union: ESG for E&C Leaders

By |2020-11-19T23:44:45+00:00November 10th, 2020|Boards and Governance, Sustainability|

Over the last several months, Ethisphere has been running a working group of Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) member companies all engaged on ESG best practices. Emily Rickaby, Ethisphere’s Director of Shared Expertise and Strategic Projects, has been coordinating the group, and got a chance to discuss the work they’ve done so far with ...

Newmont: Leveraging ESG Raters to Create Value

By |2020-11-10T15:42:51+00:00November 10th, 2020|Boards and Governance, Sustainability|

One of the trickiest challenges for companies looking to improve their ESG performance is dealing with the constantly-shifting landscape of ratings agencies and reporting best practices. Fortunately, Newmont’s Carrie Christopher has years of experience, both in-house, and as a consultant in the sustainability space and, now, as Director, Sustainability Reporting for the world’s largest gold ...

Crises Present Opportunities for CECOs to Influence Boards

By |2020-10-28T19:12:50+00:00October 28th, 2020|Boards and Governance, COVID-19|

Ethics and compliance professionals are working harder than ever in 2020, as the pandemic collides with a season of social and racial protest, and an ongoing climate crisis that seems to worsen each year. Chief ethics and compliance officers, amid all their hard work, have a real opportunity in the midst of these circumstances ...

[WATCH] Sharing ESG and Human Rights Practices and Reporting Across Industries

By |2020-10-28T19:52:24+00:00August 12th, 2020|Boards and Governance|

The opening plenary session at Day 2 of the Canada Ethics Summit, featuring leaders from Aecon Group Inc, BMO Financial, and JLL, covering ESG and human rights reporting practices.

Disability Inclusion: Moral & Financial Imperative

By |2020-07-20T23:26:01+00:00January 24th, 2020|Boards and Governance, Equity & Social Justice|

The year 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the landmark passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which became law in 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, building on the language and framework of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make disability status a protected class in the United ...

Northern Trust: ESG Transparency & Metrics

By |2020-07-20T23:00:59+00:00January 15th, 2020|Boards and Governance, Risk and Reputation|

Chicago-based financial services firm Northern Trust has three values at the core of its operations: service, expertise, and integrity. These values serve the firm well in its role as both a publicly traded company trying to walk the walk on ESG issues and as an investor trying to hold other companies to those same ...

Baker McKenzie: ESG as New Risk Frontier

By |2020-07-20T23:01:46+00:00January 5th, 2020|Boards and Governance, Risk and Reputation|

Baker McKenzie partners Peter Tomczak and William "Widge" Devaney both have extensive experience in corporate anti-corruption matters, and often interface with boards on compliance related topics. As such, they've seen how ESG concerns have trickled up to the board, and how overlaps with anti-corruption mean ethics and compliance professionals in particular are well-suited to ...

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