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Can General Counsel Influence Boards to Drive Sustainability? JLL and Global Compact Network Canada Say Yes.

I am pleased to introduce a project that has been a year in the making – JLL’s Guide for General Counsel on how to influence a board of directors to drive sustainability. Written in partnership with the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC), the Canadian chapter of the UN Global Compact, this guide is intended to act as a tool for in-house counsel and can be consulted for helpful ideas on and practical suggestions for bringing about change in their organizations, regardless of their geographical location.


Traditionally regarded as the legal protectors of the companies in which they serve, General Counsel are uniquely positioned, because of their skill sets, insight into the company's operations and access to senior management, to take a leading role in implementing corporate sustainability initiatives as well as persuading others in positions of power to do the same.

Based on the research and peer research conducted for the guide, it is widely agreed that the key area in which lawyers should focus is with their interactions and influence over their organization's board of directors. I have observed that raising awareness, particularly with boards of directors, is a crucial avenue for setting the course of corporate social responsibility and ethical actions within a company.

I am now happy to share this guide with you and would appreciate your help in spreading the word to the wider community.

You may download the e-guide here.