As the debate heats up across the country over the impact environmental regulations have on the nation’s economy, business leaders are finding it difficult to keep track of increasingly complex – and often overlapping – local, state and federal compliance requirements.
The challenge of deciphering environmental compliance requirements is the focus of the ALM-sponsored Environmental Compliance and Commitment Legal Summit 2014 – co-sponsored by Locke Lord LLP -- set for Monday, September 29, 2014, at the Harvard Club of New York City.
“The last year has been eventful for businesses confronting environmental issues,” said Locke Lord Partner Gerry Pels, Co-Chair of the Summit. “This program is designed to explore the legal and political implications and trends affecting industry brought about by the ever-changing environmental legal regimes. This will be an important event for both corporate counsel and private practitioners to gain insight from panelists with hands-on experience.”
Environmental compliance requirements are on the books and need to be managed, Pels added. The risks of noncompliance are snowballing beyond legal ramifications due to greater shareholder awareness and expectations, increased enforcement, instant and widespread transparency from social media, and increased scrutiny by environmental groups and plaintiffs’ lawyers.
As a result of this confluence of influences, a corporation’s environmental compliance and visible commitment to environmental principals have become new measurements of corporate brand strength and reputation.
Topics that speakers and panelists at the Summit will address include
- Strategies for meeting environmental compliance needs and managing investigative probes;
- Benchmark reporting and compliance practices against industry peers;
- The ability to explore lower cost options for compliance and sustainability reporting; and
- How sustainability initiatives can enhance company value and reputation.
Joining Pels at the Summit from Locke Lord will be Elizabeth Mack, Chair of the Firm’s Environmental Section; Partner Ben Cowan, whose practice includes representing clients on regulatory and compliance issues; and Partner Jerry Higdon, who represents clients on environmental risk management matters and environmental coordination in defending pollution exposure disputes.
Keynote speakers at the Summit will be John Cruden, President of the Environmental Law Institute, and Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance for the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Additional information about the Environmental Compliance and Commitment Legal Summit 2014 is available here.