Can General Counsel influence boards to drive sustainability?

Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc. (JLL) and the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) published an e-guide for General Counsel on how to influence board of directors to drive sustainability. This guide aims to inspire and encourage General Counsel, Board of Directors, Senior Executives and management to take action and deliver long-term value. It is available for download on the GCNC website.

“A growing group of stakeholders are calling for Sustainability and Climate Competent Boards – and one of the key allies of the Board is the General Counsel. This Guide gives concrete and practical advice on how to influence the Board, from some of the world’s most renowned General Counsel and business leaders,” said Helle Bank Jorgensen, President of the Global Compact Network Canada.Guide for general counsel, GCNC, JLL

The GCNC is the Canadian chapter of the UN Global Compact and has been active in promoting the 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact which includes Anti-Corruption, Labour, Human Rights and Environment. This Guide is part of a growing number of tools that the GCNC provides to help foster the capacity of the Canadian private sector to embrace sustainable and responsible business practices. Other tools include the Anti-Corruption Certificate Programs, Sustainable Development Goals Surveys and many others.

JLL is a Patron Supporter of the GCNC and Paul Greven, Chief Counsel of JLL Canada, is the Chair of the GCNC’s General Counsel Working Group. JLL is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management, and regularly works with companies to drive their sustainability efforts. JLL possesses an award-winning culture and designs its policies and business practices to reflect the highest standards of corporate governance, transparency and ethics.

“Because of their skill sets, insight into the company’s operations and access to senior management, general counsel are uniquely positioned to take a leading role in implementing corporate sustainability initiatives, as well as persuade others in positions of power to do the same,” said  Paul Greven, Chief Counsel, JLL Canada.

The contributors of this Guide encourage all to download this resource, especially in-house counsel, to consult it for helpful ideas and practical suggestions for bringing change in their organizations to create long-term value. A download link can be found here.

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