A Deeper Dive — ESG: Business Risk and the New Legal and Regulatory Frontier

Neera Chatterjee, E. Christopher Johnson, Jr., and Martina E. Vandenberg explore the ins and outs of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risk criteria, extending the discussion of a Showcase CLE program at the ABA Business Law Section’s 2022 Hybrid Spring Meeting (now available as on-demand CLE). “They’re not their own silos with separate strategies,” Chatterjee said. “Everything is interconnected… you’ve got to think across the organization.” In this video, they discuss dealing with climate-related financial risks in the banking world, addressing forced labor from multiple perspectives, and companies’ role in looking toward solutions.

Read more about the video’s speakers below:

Neera Chatterjee

Neera is currently Assistant General Counsel within U.S. Bank’s Law Division and provides legal and strategic support to the Corporate Social Responsibility team, including the Community Reinvestment Act and ESG program offices, and related risk functions.  Prior to joining U.S. Bank in 2021, Neera was Senior Vice President and Managing Counsel at Wells Fargo, where she led and managed the Company’s regulatory change management function and advised on issues involving compliance risk management. Neera earned a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Northwestern University.

E. Christopher Johnson, Jr.

E. Christopher Johnson, Jr., CEO, Center for Justice, Rights & Dignity and retired GM North America Vice President and General Counsel, attributes his accomplishments to Jesus Christ and the many loving and supportive family members, friends, and colleagues He has placed in his life. Johnson is a West Point graduate, decorated Army veteran, and member of Council of the ABA Business Law Section. He is primarily dedicated to addressing social justice issues including human trafficking and racial justice, as well as CSR and ESG issues, and is a prolific writer and speaker on those and other subjects.

Martina E. Vandenberg

Martina E. Vandenberg is the founder and president of The Human Trafficking Legal Center, an organization dedicated to providing pro bono counsel to trafficking survivors. Vandenberg has spent more than two decades fighting human trafficking, forced labor, rape as a war crime, and violence against women. Vandenberg has represented victims of human trafficking pro bono in immigration, criminal, and civil cases. She has trained more than 5,000 pro bono attorneys nationwide to handle human trafficking matters. Prior to founding the Human Trafficking Legal Center, Vandenberg was a partner in the law firm of Jenner & Block.

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