Social / Human rights

We help you identify risks and opportunities arising from the increasing focus on social and human rights issues

Back to ESG – Environmental, social and governance

There is a growing interest in how companies conduct their relationships with employees, suppliers, customers and communities. Investors and customers are increasingly demanding ever higher ethical standards and transparency.

Our multi-disciplinary team can advise clients on managing these critical stakeholder relationships in a socially responsible way, to enhance their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance.

With specialist lawyers from around the world, we combine local legal knowledge with an international perspective to advise on a wide range of social issues. These include:

  • Environmental and human rights within supply chains
  • Safe, modern and sustainable employment conditions
  • Diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Compliant internal reporting channels (whistleblowing).

We also work closely with clients to help transform and restructure their corporate and operational structures to become more sustainable.

Please contact any of our Social / Human rights lawyers to find out how we can help you.

Doing business responsibly

At CMS, we are committed to running our business ethically and sustainably. We are diverse, supportive and inclusive, taking our corporate social responsibility seriously and creating a culture in which all our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive.

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Istanbul

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Whis­tleblower Pro­tec­tion
Are you ready for whis­tleblow­ing law? Find out how CMS can help you.

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The Law and the Little Things Mi­cro­ag­gres­sions in the work­place
Most or­gan­isa­tions today re­cog­nise the im­port­ance of equity, di­versity and in­clu­sion with­in their work­places, in par­tic­u­lar, how to build an in­clus­ive cul­ture.  However, or­gan­isa­tions need to go bey­ond...
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So­cial as­pect of ESG - Lex­icon of most im­port­ant terms and phrases
Lex­icon of most im­port­ant terms and phrases with­in the So­cial as­pect of ESG
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CMS Ex­pert Guide to whis­tleblower pro­tec­tion & re­port­ing chan­nels
In Oc­to­ber 2019, in the wake of a num­ber of whis­tleblower rev­el­a­tions (es­pe­cially the in­dus­tri­al-scale tax avoid­ance schemes re­vealed in the LuxLeaks scan­dal), the European Uni­on ad­op­ted the Whis­tleblower...
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CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, stay­ing ahead of the curve and know­ing what’s next for your busi­ness or sec­tor is es­sen­tial.At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your leg­al ad­visers but also as your busi­ness part­ners. We work to­geth­er with you to not only re­solve cur­rent is­sues but to an­ti­cip­ate fu­ture chal­lenges and in­nov­ate to meet them.With our latest pub­lic­a­tion, CMS Next, our ex­perts will reg­u­larly of­fer you in­sights in­to and fresh per­spect­ives on a range of is­sues that busi­nesses have to deal with – from ESG agen­das to re­struc­tur­ing after the pan­dem­ic or fa­cing the di­git­al trans­form­a­tion. We will also share with you more about the work that we are do­ing for our cli­ents, help­ing them in­nov­ate, grow and mit­ig­ate risk.To be able to provide you with the best sup­port, we im­merse ourselves in your world to un­der­stand your leg­al needs and chal­lenges. However, it is equally im­port­ant that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we in­vite you to meet our ex­perts and catch a glimpse of what is hap­pen­ing in­side CMS.En­joy read­ing this pub­lic­a­tion, which we will up­date reg­u­larly with new con­tent.CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
20/10/2021
The S in ESG: The role of HR
As ESG be­comes an in­creas­ingly im­port­ant factor for or­gan­isa­tions, what role can HR play in shap­ing the ESG agenda? In our guide the em­ploy­ment team dis­cuss the S in ESG and the role of HR. 
21/09/2021
Mind the gap - Mak­ing equal pay a real­ity
This year, 18 Septem­ber is UN Equal Pay Day. This is the day on which wo­men ef­fect­ively stop earn­ing be­cause of the 23% glob­al dis­par­ity in pay between men and wo­men.To mark this event, we warmly in­vite...
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Fu­ture of Work
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Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive
China’s Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI) con­tin­ues to evolve and of­fer op­por­tun­it­ies for na­tions, com­munit­ies and busi­nesses. But it is not without con­tro­versy in areas such as en­vir­on­ment­al pro­tec­tion and in­ter­na­tion­al debt.As a lead­er in many Belt and Road sec­tors, CMS has polled and in­ter­viewed over 500 BRI par­ti­cipants around the world, about their cur­rent think­ing on BRI and the pro­spects they see for it. This series of re­ports ana­lyses sen­ti­ment around the world, con­siders what BRI means for each re­gion, shines a spot­light on dif­fer­ent na­tions and high­lights leg­al con­sid­er­a­tions.  You can ac­cess the full series of re­gion­al re­ports be­low.16%me­di­um16%me­di­um16%me­di­um16%me­di­um16%me­di­um16%me­di­um 
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BRI - View from LatAm
China’s Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI) is where some of the key is­sues of our time in­ter­sect, in­clud­ing glob­al­isa­tion, sus­tain­ab­il­ity, the mod­ern­isa­tion of in­fra­struc­ture, new tech­no­logy and health­care. But it also marks the con­ver­gence of some ser­i­ous con­cerns, such as en­vir­on­ment­al pro­tec­tion, in­ter­na­tion­al debt, the Cov­id-19 pan­dem­ic and, in­creas­ingly, geo­pol­it­ic­al ten­sions between the US and China.Our new re­port shows that sen­ti­ment to­wards BRI in Lat­in Amer­ica re­mains re­l­at­ively pos­it­ive, des­pite such head­winds. From the in­volve­ment of Chinese busi­nesses in Panama Canal ports to Chinese in­vest­ments in lith­i­um min­ing and re­new­able en­ergy, trans-Pa­cific con­nec­tions between Lat­in Amer­ic­an eco­nom­ies and China’s Asi­an power­house con­tin­ue to grow.China’s am­bi­tions to ad­vance Belt and Road co­oper­a­tion high­light the po­ten­tial for BRI to help na­tions in Lat­in Amer­ica bridge the re­gion’s massive in­fra­struc­ture gap and re­cov­er from the ter­rible dam­age of the pan­dem­ic, as well as of­fer­ing many new op­por­tun­it­ies for re­gion­al busi­nesses and in­vestors. 
24/03/2021
CMS Ex­pert Guide to European care homes
The world is get­ting older by the minute.Ac­cord­ing to the the 2021 Age­ing Re­port of the EU, the old-age de­pend­ency ra­tio in the EU’s demo­graph­ic old-age de­pend­ency ra­tio (i.e. the ra­tio between people...
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17/03/2021
The Mo­bile Cen­tury: The Fu­ture Re­ima­gined
A pub­lic­a­tion of the Glob­al Tele­com Wo­men’s Net­work
27/10/2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide on sexu­al har­ass­ment in the work­place
Wel­come to our CMS Ex­pert Guide on sexu­al har­ass­ment in the work­place. How dif­fer­ent coun­tries re­spon­ded to the #MeT­oo move­ment and how the law reg­u­lates work­place har­ass­ment on a glob­al scale were key...
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