The complexity of laws and jurisdictional issues affecting corporate social responsibility (CSR) is increasing. Lawyers must counsel their clients on a range of CSR topics: business and human rights, anti-corruption, ethical sourcing and lending, privacy, and non-judicial grievance mechanisms. With the prevalence of cross-border class actions and extraterritorial jurisdiction, the importance of properly advising companies on the range of CSR issues can not be sufficiently stressed.
In this video, Emily Dwyer, Coordinator of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability, discusses a model-legislation for the appointment of an ombudsperson who would investigate complaints in the extractive sector when there is a nexus to Canada. Dwyer provides an overview of the legislation, and covers aspects such as the legal mandate, investigatory powers, procedural protections, reporting and recommendations process, monitoring, and more.
Length: 40 minutes