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Montpellier: ACE questions the future of business consulting and support – Hérault Tribune

Is the lawyer a fundamental actor in the company’s CSR policy? Listening to the speakers at the round table, yes, the lawyer’s skills are a real asset for this strategic issue. Because, because developing a CSR approach has an impact on human resources, image and commitments to the company’s environment, its values, its certifications, its position in public markets, its future and its sustainability. Future obligations and regulations also come into play. Therefore, it is easy to see in all these issues, where the role of the lawyer is particularly relevant to anticipate and avoid litigation. The covid effect may be, this awareness of changing things is a reality: “meeting customer expectations, meeting employee needs, retaining talent, having a purpose, attracting investors”, specifies Amandine Rossignol, a lawyer at the school of Montpellier Lawyers and Treasurer of ACE Montpellier. “The added value of the lawyer is that he knows the legal provisions of economic circles and the legislative environment that surrounds his clients: therefore, he can be tailored to better advise, guide and secure his client”, adds Amandine Rossignol .
For Thomas Gaspar, a lawyer at the Montpellier Bar Association, “in terms of public procurement, I am talking about 200,000 million euros of public orders per year (this represents 10% of GDP), all SMEs have their place. The State advances in the subject and place of sustainable development (environmental and social) and integrates it into public procurement and public action. Therefore, this means that in the context of public tenders, the criterion of the CSR aspect of an offer will occupy more space. The price criterion will continue to be important, but weighted by these aspects and values. Therefore, we are talking about buying in a more sustainable way and promoting the companies involved. The role of the lawyer here may be, for example, to help his client obtain certifications or labels that formalize the focus of the company.
In terms of employment law, for Diwaelle de Albuquerque, a lawyer at the Montpellier Bar Association, “employees must own the company’s CSR approach, it must not be imposed on them. This goes from the choice of an ecological dining room, to the teleworking system… The CSEs also play an important role in these procedures. All these social issues can be accompanied by the lawyer, because he can anticipate and guide the entrepreneur making him aware of the impacts of the options available to him: how the labor law thus helps the company in its approach. “
For Benjamin Chevalier, president of Improves Advice and vice president of CPME Hérault, “CSR begins with respecting its customers and suppliers. I will take the example of payment terms in the context of responsible purchasing. What’s more respectful than paying your bills on an agreed and timely basis? And in this, the attorney has his full role to play in supporting the business manager. “
For Olivier Toma, president of Primum non nocere, “the company needs the means to achieve its objectives, it is now written in law. The mission company seems to me the end result (of the CSR approach). We are 25 people, an open company. We respect the rules, but everyone is responsible, for example, regarding their schedules. We have established freedom of organization. We apply ourselves to the principles of CSR. We must remember the definition of sustainable development “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the capabilities of future generations to meet their own”, this is the 1987 concept. CSR is the translation of this concept into an action plan. CSR is your job (for lawyers), it’s mine. “

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