Date: 28 October 2021
Time: 4:00 PM UTC
Duration: 60 min
Language: English
Format: Online
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Worldwide: Future Series: How Corporate Boards Can Manage Growing ESG Litigation

Corporate boards are facing high expectations when it comes to meeting ever-evolving ESG standards. Increased reporting and voluntary statements on ESG mean that companies are being held accountable, leading to new opportunities and new risk. As the range of perceived failures by companies keeps growing, so does the volume of litigation in the courts and at administrative tribunals. Companies are being held responsible for inconsistent material statements on ESG, inconsistent notification to shareholders, lack of or incomplete disclosure, and not meeting diversity and inclusion goals. Greenwashing and supply chain negligence are growing areas of concern.
Radha, Michael and Simon will provide an overview of how boards can manage the accelerated pace and scope of ESG litigation—through good governance, having good ESG programs, supporting promises by facts, being aware of D&O liability and other important areas.

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Radha Curpen

Radha is the managing partner of Bennett Jones’ Vancouver office and co-head of the firm's Environmental Law practice and Aboriginal Law practice. She specializes in Environmental, Aboriginal and ESG matters and the transportation of dangerous goods. Radha provides strategic counsel to clients relating to regulatory compliance, the management of environmental risks, the defence of environmental litigation, the avoidance and defence of environmental related prosecutions, crisis prevention and management, corporate social responsibility, mitigating business disruption and reputation management.

Michael Theroux

Mike Theroux is the former Lead Director of Bennett Jones
and currently Co-Head of the firm's Commercial Litigation
Practice Group and carries on a practice involving complex
commercial disputes, with a focus on the energy industry.
He is a highly experienced trial and appeal lawyer and
regularly handles cases in Alberta and British Columbia.
Mike also regularly resolves disputes through arbitration
(domestic and international) with a variety of arbitration
rule systems.

Simon Fish

As Chair of the BMO Climate Institute, Simon is responsible for advising on the development and application of the bank’s sustainability strategy, environmental and social risk management, impact measurement and reporting, and on the financial risks and opportunities related to climate change and transition for both clients and the bank. 

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