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Racial Equity Audits: Using This ESG Initiative to Respond to Diversity Concerns, Improve Policies and Boost Growth
Join us for an interactive panel discussion between in-house counsel and leaders in anti-discrimination investigations about ways companies can address social justice concerns, including conducting Racial Equity Audits, which are an analysis of a company’s practices, policies and histories used to combat systemic racism in order to end discrimination within or exhibited by the company. Racial Equity Audits can focus on various aspects of a company’s business, including the treatment of customers, the diversity of senior management, the targeting of products and even political contributions. Hear perspectives from experienced litigators within this field and learn more about what you can be doing to improve your company’s internal practices and policies.

We will discuss:

• An overview of the ESG landscape today
• How ESG ties into shareholder activism
• The recent push for Racial Equity Audits
• How Racial Equity Audits may boost financial returns and growth
• How to address pushback to Racial Equity Audits


Debo P. Adegbile, Partner, WilmerHale
Ronald C. Machin, Partner, WilmerHale

Dec 13, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Ronald C. Machin
Partner @WilmerHale
Ronald Machen, an experienced courtroom lawyer who has tried over thirty-five cases to verdict, has spent his entire career either prosecuting or defending high stakes criminal and civil litigation matters. He began his career in government service in 1997 as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. He subsequently became a partner at WilmerHale where he represented clients in the areas of white-collar criminal defense and corporate compliance. In 2009, Mr. Machen was nominated and subsequently confirmed as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where he oversaw the investigation and litigation of major criminal and civil matters. In 2015, he returned to WilmerHale and his practice has focused on assisting Fortune 500 clients in navigating high stakes crisis situations that garner the attention of multiple regulators, enforcement authorities, Congress and private litigants.
Debo P. Adegbile
Partner @WilmerHale
Debo P. Adegbile, a partner in the Government and Regulatory Litigation Group, focuses his practice on a range of matters at the intersection of law, business and government policy. He has significant experience in commercial, government-facing and appellate litigation, as well as strategic counseling in high-stakes cases, anti-discrimination matters and investigations. His work includes leading civil rights audits or workplace reviews and equity audits for corporate clients includes advising top management and boards in the wake of high-profile allegations of specific misconduct, shareholder proposals or demands. Mr. Adegbile also advises clients in connection with congressional inquiries and testimony and has himself testified before congressional committees on multiple occasions. In addition, he currently serves as a commissioner on the US Commission on Civil Rights, appointed by President Obama in 2016.