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Allen & Overy leads on Law Firm Business and Human Rights Peer Learning Process

 

​Allen & Overy LLP, together with eight other firms, recently took part in a Law Firm Business and Human Rights Peer Learning Process to explore what law firms’ respect for human rights looks like in practice.

A report based in part on the ideas shared at the Peer Learning Workshop of 27 September 2016 in London, has now been released. The report presents insights and examples of emerging practices on some of the most challenging questions facing law firms dealing with human rights issues, including relating to policy and governance, client risk mapping and approaches to supply chain due diligence.

The Peer Learning Process builds on the leadership shown by the legal profession worldwide in the context of business and human rights, including from the IBA, academics, practitioners, civil society organizations and local/national bar associations such as those of the United States, England and Wales, France, Japan, Spain, Costa Rica, Namibia and Australia.

Allen & Overy LLP established its own Human Rights Working Group in 2011, which draws on over 250 lawyers across the firm’s global network of offices and publishes a respected interdisciplinary journal, The Business and Human Rights Review. We deliver training for (and with) our clients on human rights compliance and policies, particularly in the context of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights and the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Andrew Denny, Partner and Chair of Allen & Overy LLP’s Human Rights Working Group, participated in the Workshop and commented:

“We are proud to have collaborated on the Law Firm Peer Learning Process. At a time of increasing public demand for businesses to be run responsibly, we hope that sharing experiences in the report will progress the important work of the IBA and many others to help law firms and business everywhere to operate with respect for human rights.” 

Allen & Overy LLP and other participating firms will continue to engage with the community of practice established through the Law Firm Peer Learning Process which will reconvene in 2017. 

Download a copy of the Law Firm Business and Human Rights Peer Learning Process Report.

Download the Summer 2016 of The Business and Human Rights Review which has a focus on modern slavery.

The International Bar Association Practical Guide on Business and Human Rights for Business Lawyers is available here.

 

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