The role of business lawyers in human rights compliance
Author: Carmen Pombo Morales & Ana María Ovejero, Fernando Pombo Foundation, Published on: 31 May 2014
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...