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Leitner Center Hosts Inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership Course

New York, NY (June 16, 2014) – The Leitner Center is delighted to have held its inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership Course.  From June 2nd to June 4th, speakers from across industries and sectors including Morgan Stanley, Google, PVH Corp., Barclays, Unilever, Falcon Management, Siemens, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Stroz Friedberg, Ropes & Gray, Enodo Rights, Persistent Energy Partners, Etsy, Purpose, FINCA Microfinance Holding Company LLC, United Nations Global Compact, Social Accountability International, American Bar Association Human Rights Center, American Sustainable Business Council and Fordham Law School, among many others, explored the myriad dimensions of corporate citizenship today. The three day CSR Leadership Courseintensive program provided attendees from across the corporate, legal and NGO sectors with a robust understanding of the recent developments in CSR law and practice, and introduced them to a range of practical instruments and mechanisms for navigating this challenging terrain. Highlights of the program included:

  • Exploring the important role that the corporate sector can play to achieve a shared, secure and sustainable future

  • Discussing the practical challenges for companies and law firms implementing effective human rights programming

  • Identifying the different stakeholder groups impacted by corporate activity and creating effective stakeholder engagement

  • Exploring recent CSR developments in the US, focusing on the areas of ethical commitments, FCPA compliance, and disclosure and reporting requirements across a number of industries and regions

  • Reviewing international CSR guidelines, including an intensive workshop on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights with an overview of the indirect legal risks under national and international law, as well as skills training on conducting human rights due diligence and risk assessments, and the prioritization of response

The full course program can be accessed here.

The Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership Course was the first in a series of programs to be held by the Leitner Center’s new CSR Program to help lawyers and companies understand recent developments in CSR Leadership CourseCSR and examine the challenges and opportunities present for companies and stakeholders as they strive to improve their social and environmental footprint and develop sustainable business practices.

For information on the CSR Program or CSR Leadership Course series, please contact Emily Smith Ewing, PVH Corp. Fellow in Corporate Social Responsibility, esmithewing@law.fordham.edu or 212-636-7159.



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