Climate change and human rights: Director’s liability

About this webinar

Climate change and human rights risks, responsibilities and liabilities have never been more critical topics of discussion in corporate boardrooms. Mandatory reporting on climate change and human rights is increasing. The bar is likely to be raised yet higher with a call for EU mandatory due diligence legislation and a proposed new amendment to the UK Environment Bill requiring mandatory environmental and human rights due diligence, having been introduced in March 2020.


  • Online only
  • All Levels
  • Modules: 0
  • Study: N/A
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Free
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Who's it suitable for?

Legal and procurement professionals. For anyone looking to expand their knowledge within modern slavery.

C-suite and directors. From HR and finance directors to CEOs, make sure your legal responsibilities are covered.

Accademics and students. This course is a great introduction to anyone wanting to know more about the topic.

Learning outcomes

01. Learn how the board directors’ responsibilities to drive long-term performance and value are met by an ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) approach

02. Understand the links between the human and environmental cost of international trade – towards creating holistic responsibility in supply chains

03. Learn about the key legal compliance and best practice requirements under climate change legislation and human rights legislation

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Why study with Ardea?

Doing the course will make you both more confident when talking about modern slavery and human rights and give you a deeper understanding.

You’ll learn the theory, see real-life case studies and get to grips with the legal parameters and how to apply them within your organisational setting.

Come away with strategies to ensure what you’ve studied has a lasting impact.

About the speakers

Session moderator

Colleen Theron
CEO, Ardea International and a tri-qualified lawyer, FIEMA

Colleen is a tri qualified lawyer. She has over 25 years of legal and commercial experience of working with business, organisations and NGOs across sectors on both a strategic and operational level and provides training and online resources  to both directors and employees on human rights, modern slavery and sustainability issues. Colleen has a LLM (with distinction) in Environmental Law from the University of Aberdeen. She recently published a chapter ‘Modern Slavery and Transparency in Supply Chains- the Role of Business’ in The Modern Slavery Agenda: Policy, Politics and Practice in the UK’. She sits on the advisory board for LexisPSL Environment and was nominated as one of the Top 100 Corporate Modern slavery influencers in the UK in 2018.


Fiona Reynolds

CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a UN supported organisation with more than 2,800 signatories representing over US $90 trillion in AUM.

Fiona Reynolds

Appointed in 2013, Fiona has 25 years’ experience in financial services. She joined the PRI from Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, where she spent 7 years as CEO. Fiona serves on the Board of the UN Global Compact, is a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council, the Global Advisory Council on Stranded Assets at Oxford University, the UN Business for Peace Steering Committee, the Global Steering Committee for the investor agenda on climate action and the Steering Committee for Climate Action 100+. Fiona has been a member of the UK Government Green Finance Taskforce and is on the Advisory Board for the UK Green Finance Centre. In 2018 Fiona was named one of the 20 most influential people in sustainability by Barron’s magazine.

Dr Laurie Parsons

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London and Principal Investigator of the Project The Disaster Trade: The Hidden Footprint of UK Imports and Investment Overseas.

Laurie Parsons

Previously Co-Investigator of the globally reported project Blood Bricks: Untold Stories of Modern Slavery and Climate Change from Cambodia, Laurie Parsons’s work examines the contested politics of climate change on socio-economic inequalities, patterns of work and mobilities. It has been published in leading academic journals and respected international media sources, as well as informing the environment and trade policy of companies, governments and international NGOs.

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