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31 May 2014

Carmen Pombo Morales & Ana María Ovejero, Fernando Pombo Foundation

The role of business lawyers in human rights compliance

Contents: 1. Overview on the situation 2. Theoretical approach and juridical problems 3. The new role of bussines Lawyers  4. How this new role may contribute to the sustainability of the Company 5. Fernando Pombo Fundation Project for Lawyers  6. Conclusion  
...[L]awyers are those professional who are first called to implement the United Nations framework in the defense of human rights, in both cases: for the development of their own business, and for the development of the service providing legal advice to the client.  Legal  knowledge  is  an  essential  and  basic  tool  to  enforce  the  obligations generated by Ruggie Principles.  So lawyers play a very important role in its compliance...The  project  of  Fernando  Pombo  Foundation  consists...of  training  in-house  lawyers  in  order  to  make  them  possible  to  incorporate  in  their legal thinking the effective defense and / or prevention of violation of human rights...and to enable them to actively promote effective corporate disclosure of these principles in a way that positively impact in the business or in its customers...The implementation of human rights in the company is an operational and strategic issue and should be incorporated in all business policies, even those that take place in the value chain to suppliers and vendors...