The firm’s Corporate & International Human Rights Compliance Practice Group counsels clients on the legal issues that arise at the intersection of business concerns and human rights. The group is deeply immersed in this developing area of the law and its bearing on corporate compliance obligations and strategic business planning.
Business leaders and key decision makers are increasingly concerned with the ethical and social components of human rights against the framework on a complex global business environment. Companies whose business practices become entangled in human rights violations, on either the domestic front or the international stage, may face both reputational risks and potential “bottom line” impacts.
The attorneys in this practice area have significant knowledge related to the regulation and enforcement of business requirements for human rights compliance. The firm counsels foreign and domestic multinationals on a broad range of corporate risk management, governance, and transactional issues within the context of human rights concerns.
Our work in this area includes:
- Risk assessments and audits
- Internal and external investigations of corporate non-compliance allegations
- Workplace and supply chain management issues
- Child and forced labor issues
- Corporate compliance-related policies; counsel related to training and reporting practices
- Due diligence reviews of third parties to assure compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
- Assisting with public responses including inquiries from media, government personnel and nongovernmental organizations
- Representing parties on issues related to human rights risks in mergers, acquisitions, and other business transactions
- Defending clients in disputes and litigation in state, federal and international courts, and before administrative agencies