Risk & Responsible Business Practices

3 days 25-27 Jul 2017, London UK £3,995.00 + VAT* Download brochure Add to basket

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The course covers a broad range of business practices that impact on the question of business risk. Topics range, for instance, from environmental concerns to product safety to corrupt business practices and from labour and human rights issues to contemporary developments in corporate governance. The course also explores the oversight by Boards of Directors of business practices implicating risk and the implementation of appropriate business practices by Executive Management.

Institutional investors are becoming increasingly concerned about business practices implicating risk of the companies they are prepared to invest in. Investors with approximately $60 trillion under management, representing more than 30% of all the shares in all the stock exchanges in the world, have pledged that they will integrate responsible business thinking into their investment analysis and decision making to help elevate risk. This course will give you an oversight of all risk factors affecting business and investment, and is delivered by one of the pioneers in Europe on the topic of Corporate Responsibility, Professor Dennis Driscoll.

Attend this high-level 3-day course and learn about:

  • The extent to which a whole range of responsible business practices implicate risk
  • Environmental concerns, especially water usage and climate change
  • Labour issues
  • Human rights issues
  • Product safety
  • Corrupt business practices
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Fair taxation issues
  • Oversight of responsible business practices by Boards of Directors
  • Implementation by Executive Management
  • Integration of responsible business practices within business operations


We work with a series of expert instructors, please select the course location of interest to review the credentials of who will be delivering the programme.

Dennis Driscoll

The course director is an international lawyer. For the past decade, he has given training programmes on CSR/Corporate Governance to more than 500 companies in Europe and in Emerging Markets, especially in China. He is also the author of the forthcoming study International and Comparative Corporate Governance.

He is the former Dean of the Law School at the National University of Ireland (Galway). At Galway, he was the Chairman of an annual workshop, designed for in-house legal counsel, on the legal problems of multinational companies. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University and Peking University Law School.



Central London Hotel Venue

All courses are held at four or five star venues in Central London, Zone 1. We strive to provide you with a training environment of the highest quality, to ensure that the whole learning experience exceeds your expectations.

Your training venue will be confirmed by one of our course administrators approximately 3-4 weeks before the course start date.

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Day 1: The Broad Dimensions of Risk and Responsible Business Practices

What are the Broad Dimensions Implicating Risk and Responsible Business Behaviour?

  • What are we talking about?: CSR, ESG, Sustainable Development
  • Environmental issues
  • Labour issues
  • Human rights issues
  • Corporate philanthropy
  • Corporate Governance
  • Ethical business practices such as avoiding corrupt business payments

The Business Drivers

  • Investor interest
  • Changes in business thinking
  • Changes in consumer thinking
  • The business benefits
     - Investor relations and access to capital
     - Competitiveness and market positioning
     - Employee recruitment, retention and productivity
     - The minimisation of litigation risk
     - Enhancing the ‘license to operate’

Case Study:
the Volkswagen emissions scandal

The Growing Influence of the Wider Community of Stakeholders

  • The background
  • Identifying a company’s ‘stakeholders’: the contextual problem

Case Studies:

  • Toyota: The recall
  • Nestlé: The problem with Greenpeace over palm oil
  • BP: The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Proctor & Gamble: The problem with bloggers
  • Financial Crisis: The ‘Occupy’ movement – It’s not over yet
  • Partnership with Stakeholders

Case Studies: Community protests in the extractive industry; partnering over water management
Risk Oversight and Risk Management 

  • The Risk Oversight Role of the Board of Directors
  • Implementing Risk Management
  • A Role for a Chief Risk Officer?

Case Study:
Risk oversight and risk management failures at HBOS: an accident waiting to happen 

Day 2: Environmental Concerns and Labour Issues

Environmental Concerns

  • The sustainable use of natural resources
  • Energy conservation
  • The reduction and disposal of waste
  • Implementation steps and life-style thinking
  • Involving suppliers and customers
  • Emerging trends in corporate sustainability

Environmental Concerns: Water Risk

  • The background to water risk
  • Water risks in the value chain
  • Risky sectors
  • A phased approach to managing water-related issues

Case Study:
Coca-Cola’s partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Environmental Concerns: Climate Change

  • Update on the latest scientific evidence
  • Post-Paris: Where are we going?
  • Assessing climate risks in business operations
  • Corporate strategies for adaptation: the experience to date 

Labour Issues

  • Health and Safety
  • Workplace Stress
  • Bullying and harassment in the workplace
  • Non-discrimination in Employment
  • Wages and Hours
  • Child Labour
  • Forced Labour
  • Listening to Workers: Freedom of Association and Bargaining

Case Study:
the clothing supply chain
Understanding International and Company Codes of Conduct

  • ISO 26000
  • United Nations Global Compact
  • SA 8000
  • Selected Company Codes: Coca-Cola, Disney, Microsoft, Nike and
  • Selected codes from Emerging Market companies

Day 3: Other Dimensions Implicating Responsible Business Behaviour

Product Safety

  • The regulation of product safety
  • Product recalls
  • Reputational damage

Case Studies
: the contaminated milk scandal in China; the horsemeat/beef scandal in Europe; Takata and exploding airbags; Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Corrupt Business Practices

  • The background: the international dimensions of corruption
  • Regional patterns of corruption: Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East 
  • The OECD anti-corruption regime
  • The United Nations anti-corruption regime
  • The African Union anti-corruption regime
  • The Arab League anti-corruption regime
  • The ADB-OECD Action Plan for Asia-Pacific

Case Studies: the Petrobras corruption scandal; the FIFA corruption scandal
Marketing and Advertising

  • The responsible business dimensions of marketing and advertising
  • Controls on inappropriate marketing and advertising: an overview of law and self-regulation worldwide

Case Study:
‘greenwashing’ claims
Market Abuse

  • Price-fixing
  • Insider trading
  • Abuse of a dominant position

Case Studies:
the Libor trading scandal
Fair Taxation

  • How is business risk implicated in lawful tax minimisation strategies?
  • The OECD’s Action Plan
  • The G20 and greater cooperation on tax matters

Case Study:
the European Commission’s treatment of the tax minimisation strategies of Apple, Google and Starbuck’s
Strategies for Integrating Responsible Business Practices within Business Operations

  • The buy-in from the Board of Directors
  • Disclosure and Whistleblowing Practices
  • Embedding Responsible Business Practices within the corporate Risk DNA
     - Employees
     - Products and services
     - Operations
     - Supply chain
     - Transportation & logistics

Course summary and close

Why us

We have a combined experience of over 60 years providing learning solutions to the world’s major organisations and are privileged to have contributed to their success. We view our clients as partners and focus on understanding the needs of each organisation we work with to tailor learning solutions to specific requirements.

We are proud of our record of customer satisfaction. Here is why you should choose us to help you achieve your goals and accelerate your career:

  • Quality – our clients consistently rate our performance ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’. Our average overall score awarded to us by our clients is nine out of ten.
  • Track record – we have delivered training solutions for 95% of worlds’ top 100 banks and have trained over 250,000 professionals.
  • Knowledge – our 150 strong team of industry specialist trainers are world leading financial leaders and commentators, ensuring our knowledge base is second to none.
  • Reliability – if we promise it, we deliver it. We have delivered over 20,000 events both in person and online, using simultaneous translation to delegates from over 180 countries.
  • Recognition – we are accredited by the British Accreditation Council and the CPD Certification Service. In an independent review by Feefo we scored 96% on service and 95% on product