Corporate Social Responsibility, Investigations and Audits
Building upon our experience and reputation in the application of human rights law, we provide specialist corporate social responsibility consultancy services for corporations concerning their obligations to the people around them, now governed by the influential UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and expressed through an increasing number of international agreements and national laws. Our expertise extends to the domestic legislation dealing with similar themes, including the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This service includes assessing and auditing their corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies, drafting new policies and carrying out field work. This is connected to our practice in investigations and inquiries as part of our sister brand, Matrix International.
Human rights expertise
Members have experience in representing groups against large companies for breach of human rights obligations, and therefore has a unique insight into the purpose and application of human rights legislation. They are able to advise and provide consultancy to companies to ensure they comply with relevant human rights obligations. They have a wealth of experience in human rights and public law to assist companies in complying with legislation, and the available actions against states.
Our CSR work is informed by leading academics in the application of human rights obligations to businesses. One of our members has been a special adviser on CSR to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and another has carried out detailed work for corporations operating in hostile environments and written on the subject of business and human rights.
Investigations and audits
Our team includes the following expert members:
The team can perform a wide range of tasks designed to investigate actions or audit company policies. They can also assist in ensuring structural measures are in place to prevent corruption, bribery or deal with whistleblowing or serious complaints. They have, for example, acted as the chairman of the review committee and mediation scheme for the UK Post Office, reviewed the government’s anti-terror legislation at the request of the Home Secretary and audited the policies of the Internet Watch Foundation. The team has a great amount of experience with risk and crisis management, and are able to advise on appropriate corporate governance structure.
Advice concerning bribery, fraud and corruption
Our experts in business crime are able to advise on compliance with anti-bribery regulation and consult on implementing anti-corruption policies. For more information please visit our Fraud, Financial and Business Crime information.