Thursday, June 20, 2013

Upcoming Presentation about Ethics for Environmental and Sustainability Reporting

On Thursday, August 8th, come out to the Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Section's 2013 Annual Update in Ponte Vedra Beach to learn about Ethics for Environmental and Sustainability Reporting. I'll be riding the coattails of my co-presenter, Thea Dunmire, who has taught me much of what I know on this subject. Thea is President of ENLAR Compliance Services, Inc. and has a unique back ground: she has an engineering degree and a law degree, and she is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), and an RABQSA-certified EMS Lead Auditor. Thea has worked both as an environmental health and safety professional and as an attorney for EPA and a private law firm.

Here's a brief description of the presentation.
More and more companies are engaging in environmental and sustainability reporting. Some companies are required to prepare reports under federal laws, such as EPCRA and OSHA. Others voluntarily report on environmental and sustainability efforts due to customer and shareholder pressure. Companies also comment on their sustainability efforts in press releases and during various environmental permitting processes. 
This presentation will focus on ethical issues related to environmental and sustainability reporting that attorneys and consultants may face. Should ethical standards be different if a reporting program is voluntary than if the program is legally mandatory? What is the role of the attorney and the consultant in ensuring a client’s public statements about its environmental and sustainability reporting are accurate? These questions, and others, will be explored through the use of case studies.
Check out the Annual Update materials--there are a lot of other great presentations!