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Company lawyers get a wider role

As corporate liability expands to include issues from breaches of labour practice codes in developing countries to concerns over obesity in the west, senior lawyers are regular participants in meetings to discuss them...one-third of senior executives said that while the chief executive has overall responsibility for corporate social responsibility, in-house lawyers come second...In some quarters, however, it is the risk-averse approach of legal departments that appears to be hampering corporate efforts to tackle social and environmental impacts. [refers to Liz Claiborne, Nike, Pfizer]

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