Lawyer profile for Global 2021
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Business & Human Rights Law - Global Market Leaders
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Drawing on his extensive corporate and public policy experience, Gare Smith founded Foley Hoag’s Global Business & Human Rights practice to help clients align their conduct with international standards and best practices. Gare advises corporations and nations on legal and reputational aspects of globalization, including implementation of the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Gare helps clients in the banking, extractive, information and communication technology, manufacturing, private equity, and retail sectors to integrate respect for internationally recognized human/worker rights into their business practices, management systems, and supply chains. He facilitates multi-stakeholder initiatives with these industries, governments, and civil society to create international codes of conduct that address business risks and responsibilities.
Gare conducts Human Rights Impact Assessments and due diligence regarding the risks associated with social and environmental issues. He develops compliance programs, grievance mechanisms, and monitoring systems benchmarked on global best practices to promote positive community relations, asset security, privacy and data security, and Indigenous rights. In so doing, he helps clients establish a social license to operate and resolve conflicts with stakeholders.
Education: University of Michigan Law School, J.D.; Johns Hopkins University, B.A.