Symposium 2015: Corporate Social Responsibility in Protecting Water Resources
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall
February 13, 2015
The Washington and Lee Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment 2015 symposium will address the role of corporate social responsibility in protecting water resources. This topic is both timely and locally relevant given the recent water contamination crises in both West Virginia and North Carolina.
Protecting water resources is an increasingly vital topic of discussion. According to a landmark report presented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in March, “Approximately 80 percent of the world’s population already suffers serious threats to its water security, as measured by indicators including water availability, water demand and pollution.” Furthermore, it is estimated that by 2030 the demand for fresh water could be 40 percent higher than supply. For these reasons, companies across the globe are beginning to scrutinize their operations for vulnerability to water problems.
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8:00 a.m. Coffee Reception
8:30 a.m. Introductory Remarks
Dan Strong, Editor in Chief, Washington & Lee Journal of Energy Climate and the Environment
8:45–10:25 a.m. Panel Discussion
“Legal Protections for Water and their Shortcomings”
Moderator: Albert V. Carr, Visiting Professor of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law
Panelists: James Salzman, Professor, Duke University; J.T. Morgan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Frank Holleman, Senior Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center; Albert V. Carr, Visiting Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law
10:25–10:35 a.m. Break
10:35–12:05 a.m. Panel Discussion
“Corporate Social Responsibility for Practicing Attorneys”
Moderator: James E. Moliterno, Vincent Bradford Professor of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law
Panelists: Jeff Civins, Partner, Haynes Boone; Jeff Collins, Senior Counsel for International Policy, Chevron (by videoconference); Keith W. Rizzardi, Assistant Professor of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law
12:05 – 1:05 p.m. Break
1:05 – 2:25 p.m. Panel Discussion
“Enforcing Sustainable Water Programs”
Moderator: Kish Parella, Assistant Professor of Law
Panelists: Erika George, Co-Director Center for Global Justice and Professor, University of Utah College of Law; Veronika Tomoszkova, Fullbright Scholar, Washington & Lee University School of Law; Steve Hitov, General Counsel, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
2:25–2:35 p.m. Break
2:35–3:35 p.m. Keynote Address
Introduction: Nora V. Demleitner, Dean and Roy L. Steinheimer, Jr. Professor of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law
Keynote: David Millon, J. B. Stombock Professor of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law
3:35–3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
Panel 1: Legal Protections for Water and their Shortcomings
- Professor James Salzman will provide a broad historical overview of the provision of safe drinking water, which shows how different societies have addressed the challenge of providing safe drinking water to citizens. He will also highlight current hot topics in the field of safe drinking water.
- Mr. J.T. Morgan, U.S. will describe the Clean Water Act and the major challenges facing the EPA in enforcing the provisions of the Act.
- Mr. Frank Holleman will outline the Southern Environmental Law Center’s work to address coal ash storage of utility companies and its threat to water resources.
- Professor Albert V. Carr will describe the tensions arising from a corporation’s status as a regulated utility company vis-à-vis the necessity of recovering the costs of producing reliable, affordable, and increasingly clean energy
Panel 2: Corporate Social Responsibility for Practicing Attorneys
- Mr. Jeff Civins will: (1) explain the legal context for Corporate Social Responsibility; (2) describe the legal ramifications of CSR and its various aspects, including reporting, marketing, and disclosure; and (3) discuss how implementation of a policy of CSR squares with a corporation’s duty to maximize shareholder value.
- Mr. Jeff Collins will: (1) provide an overview of a multinational corporation’s approach to CSR; (2) discuss Chevron’s human rights journey, including integration of human rights principles into business practices; AND (3) discuss ongoing trends and challenges in the area of business and human rights from a corporate law perspective.
- Professor Keith W. Rizzardi will explain the three ethical rules of lawyering that affect attorneys in this field, namely: (1) the duties of the organizational lawyer, and the potential disclosures of confidential information in Model Rule 1.13; (2) the duties of truthfulness to others, and the problems of misrepresentations of material facts in Model Rule 4.1; and (3) the duty to advise the client, and the relevance of moral and ethical considerations in Model Rule 2.1
Panel 3: Enforcing Sustainable Water Programs
- Professor Erika George, Professor will provide an overview of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and illustrate the business responsibility to respect human rights and the emerging norm of a human right to water with a practical example.
- Ms. Veronika Tomoszkova will describe the differences between European Union CSR initiatives and American CSR initiatives, and offer a case study of the European Union’s citizens’ initiative process.
- Mr. Steve Hitov will offer the Worker-Driven Social Responsibility movement as an alternative to Corporate Social Responsibility
Keynote Address: Shareholder Social Responsibility
- Professor David Millon will discuss the drawbacks of short term investment strategies and will propose that corporate social responsibility requires shareholders to adopt more patient investment strategies.
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