Social Economy & Human Rights

Social Economy & Human Rights

Non-Profit Organizations

We provide across-the-board legal advice to foundations, associations, and cooperatives, contributing strategically and with innovative solutions for their projects. We work closely with our clients in all matters related to their creation and operation, the definition of governance models, the structuring and management of projects, the design of the most appropriate legal structures for funding, among other issues relevant to the success of the mission of these organizations, which we support in all jurisdictions in which we operate.

Businesses and Human Rights

We support businesses that are aware of how important it is to make a clear commitment to the protection of Human Rights and wish to align their business with international law standards such as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other frameworks, contributing with our services both to the promotion of human rights across their value chain and to the minimization of the reputational and financial risk associated with human rights violations.

Our team has a solid technical knowledge of the various issues and new trends related to Business and Human Rights and associated topics, including compliance issues such as reporting of non-financial information, integration of people with disabilities or implementation of gender diversity measures.  

Social Businesses & Impact Investment

The growing dissemination of innovation and social entrepreneurship projects based on sustainable business models – in which social or environmental impact is ensured together with financial return – has led us to develop a vast know-how in the creation of customized legal solutions for entrepreneurs and social investors, especially adapted to the operational context and impact proposition of each project, notably through a legal and tax framework suitable for the development and investment in the social business in question, aligned with the ESG framework (Environment, Social and Governance).

Legal Services

  • Strategic advice on the most appropriate legal structure for each social/environmental project, setup of hybrid structures and other vehicles, and support to the globalization of social innovation projects (social franchising, among others)
  • Assistance in foundational compliance and in the foundations’ regulatory dialogue
  • Securing and renewal of the Public Interest status and other special statuses (IPSS, ONGD, ONGA, among others)
  • Establishment of strategic philanthropy and/or social investment structural funds, including the definition of governance models and the drafting of their operating regulations
  • Human Rights’ due diligence, including in M&A transactions (both sell side and buy side)
  • Incorporation of Human Rights concerns in draft agreements with business partners and suppliers
  • Drafting of codes and corporate policies (human rights protection policy, code of ethics and conduct, corporate responsibility and sustainability policy, Procurement Code, among other instruments)
  • Advice on non-financial reporting and other sustainable development obligations of organizations
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