Why Is This Important?
The heritage of indigenous people in Guatemala,
the right of Nigerian women to avoid being the subject of human trafficking,
the working conditions of employees in northern Brazil. Besides a general wish for others to be
treated fairly, why are these types of matters important to Texas companies and
their Texas-based lawyers? Why does the
mayor of Houston decide to issue a proclamation that recognizes an event to
discuss this very issue? Why are lawyers
coming from California and Virginia to address these issues? And why did the State Bar of Texas create a
committee for the specific purpose of educating Texas lawyers on these issues?
answer to these questions and more will be provided on December 10 at an event
in Houston sponsored by the International Law Section of the State Bar and its
International Human Rights Committee. The event, hosted by Vinson & Elkins at its Houston office, will be
held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. followed by a reception. An opening presentation will be provided by
Edie Hofmeister who has worked in the extractive industry for most of her legal
career. Most recently she served as EVP
Corporate Affairs and General Counsel of Tahoe Resources, a precious metals and
mining company with operations in the Americas, where she headed the Legal
Sustainability and Government Affairs Departments. Edie will tell the story of Tahoe Resources’
projects in Central and South America and how this story can instruct lawyers, executives
and boards about identifying, managing and mitigating corporate risk in a new
era of environmental and social responsibility.
presentation will be followed by a panel discussion of three issues: (1) why is a topic of international human
rights important to Texas-based companies of all sizes and therefore important
to the Texas lawyers who represent those companies; (2) what issues do these
companies face in terms of international human rights; and (3) what can these
companies do to address these issues. The panelist are from Seadrill Management, Nalco Champion, Cultural
Heritage Partners, and Topl. Registration and additional information can be found here.