Embracing ESG: Leidos GC Talks Social Responsibility

By Jerald Howe (September 13, 2021, 6:26 PM EDT) -- Environmental, social and corporate governance factors are becoming increasingly important to investors, legislators and regulators. In this Expert Analysis series, in-house counsel share how they are adapting to the evolving ESG landscape.

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Legal opponents of the Business Roundtable's "Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation" have launched renewed attacks with its anniversary. On Aug. 19, 2019, the Business Roundtable's statement was signed by hundreds of CEOs, including my own company's CEO, committing the backing companies to run themselves "for the benefit of all stakeholders — customers, employees, suppliers, communities and shareholders."

Representative of the fierce opposition to this idea are...

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