Issues ranging from the variety of legal challenges companies face in complying with a vast array of environmental regulations to the impact technology has had on the development and monitoring of compliance programs are covered by Locke Lord Environmental lawyers in this installment of the Firm’s continuing Q&A series produced in conjunction with the Environmental Compliance and Commitment Legal Summit 2014.
The Summit, held on September 29, 2014, in the Harvard Club of New York City, was sponsored by ALM and co-sponsored by Locke Lord. The program included discussions on topics such as strategies for meeting compliance needs and managing investigative probes and understanding how sustainability initiatives can enhance company value and reputation.
Locke Lord Partner Gerry Pels, the Summit’s Co-Chair, noted in his Q&A that since the turn of the century, “it is no longer enough to establish compliance, but proactive protection of the corporate brand should be considered as a specific environmental function.”
“At no time have non-governmental organizations and shareholder groups been better funded and more able to wield influence on corporate policy, the media and even governmental regulatory priorities,” Pels said. “Addressing shareholder initiatives and more rapidly evolving regulatory trends requires a different focus than traditional compliance.”
The Environmental Q&A Series from Locke Lord lawyers includes the following topics:
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