We are at the forefront of the evolving business and human rights legal field. Our advice is based on a comprehensive understanding of how the issue plays out across borders. Our leading international trade practice routinely assists multinationals and SMEs in all aspects of trade and supply chain implementation and compliance. We work nationally and internationally with companies to meet requirements of both legislation and expectations set by international instruments, including the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and OECD UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
We assist clients to understand their human rights exposure and to plan accordingly. This can include:
• designing and implementing due diligence procedures, compliance policies and grievance mechanisms
• supply chain management
• meeting non-financial reporting requirements
• crisis management and dispute resolution
We work with clients across industries in private and public sectors, including mining, security, defence and retail.
We also have dispute resolution experience. Our lawyers have successfully advised and defended companies in civil claims brought by foreign plaintiffs alleging implication in human rights violations. In addition to court claims, we can also assist companies resolving disputes through private arbitration and national mechanisms, including the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) or the OECD National Contact Point.