Human Rights Threat Matrix: Corporate Responsibility Through a Legal Lens

A company’s reputation and brand image are never more important than in an economic downturn—and never more vulnerable than when an unforeseen event captivates the media. While many companies appropriately tout their corporate responsibility (CR) efforts to help strengthen reputation and brand loyalty, a growing number of companies across a spectrum of industries are facing a steady drumbeat of negative press in connection with lawsuits filed in U.S. courts alleging corporate complicity in human rights abuses. That trend underscores a vital need for close coordination between corporate responsibility and compliance initiatives, and between communications and legal professionals.

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