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Many of our leading clients are keenly aware of the importance of meeting international human rights standards as part of a program for developing sustainable business practices that are consistent with their values.

Reputational/brand risk associated with increasing regulatory pressure and closer investor scrutiny has also proved a powerful catalyst for change during the years since the publication of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals. Add to that the potentially huge cost of attempting to operate without the necessary “social license” (from employees, trade unions, and other stakeholders) and it is hardly surprising that human rights have risen towards the top of the agenda.

Covington’s business and human rights practice is led by international employment, disputes, and environmental lawyers in our U.S. and European offices. Working seamlessly across disciplines and geographies, we help senior management at multinational corporations implement best practices for identifying and managing human rights issues internationally.