ESG, CSR and Business and Human Rights

Supply Chain Compliance and Corporate Social Responsibility

Ropes & Gray helps clients efficiently and effectively manage the increasingly complex rapidly developing demands of supply chain compliance and corporate social responsibility.


Center of Excellence

Ropes & Gray has established a supply chain compliance and CSR website that has become a “go-to” resource for primary source materials for legal and compliance professionals. The website is frequently updated, and additional modules are being added.

In addition, we are the only law firm offering an advanced Supply Chain Compliance and CSR webinar series that features presentations on trends and developments by NGOs, government officials and industry association representatives. Selected programs in the series are available here.

Ropes & Gray’s leading supply chain compliance and CSR (business and human rights) practice offers clients a comprehensive approach to supply chain compliance and CSR through a global team with members in the United States, Europe and Asia, and close collaboration with our highly regarded anti-corruption/international risk and privacy & data security practices. In addition, senior members of the practice have advised on supply chain compliance and CSR matters for almost 30 years, enabling us to provide a long-term perspective that few firms can match.

Our experience spans a significant number of industries, geographies, commodities, goods and services. Areas on which we advise and assist include:

  • Compliance with a wide range of enacted, pending and proposed regulatory requirements; “soft law” instruments; and industry and NGO codes of conduct, standards, frameworks and guidance, including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • Due diligence
  • Risk and impact assessments
  • Structuring and implementation of tailored compliance policies, procedures, programs and codes of conduct 
  • Training
  • Benchmarking
  • Contract terms and conditions/contract negotiation
  • Regulatory and voluntary disclosures and other corporate communications
  • Public benefit corporations
  • Stakeholder engagement, including shareholder proposals
  • Grievance mechanisms 
  • Special investigations
  • Risk mitigation/crisis management
  • Litigation, arbitration and National Contact Points proceedings
  • Impact investing, impact funds, ESG integration 
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