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On-demand webinar: COP26 and compliance – ESG after Glasgow

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The UK just hosted the UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP26. This summit is one of the most consequential climate events since the negotiation of the Paris Agreement in 2015 and was attended by world leaders, politicians, business chiefs, climate change campaigners and sustainability experts.

With increasing ESG regulations coming across the world, particularly on the environment, what will the international effort to tackle climate change mean for environmental compliance?

In this webinar, we dissect government and international commitments following the conference and discuss what that means for businesses working towards net-zero.

We were joined by James Alexander, Chief Executive of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association. As well as the impact of COP26, we heard from them about ethical investing and how businesses can set themselves apart through net-zero commitments and ESG compliance.

The webinar covered:

  • Current environmental regulations for businesses and what might change
  • The impact of COP26 on compliance
  • How companies can work towards net-zero
  • Understanding ESG reporting and preparing for ESG regulation
  • Setting up an environmental compliance programme

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On-demand webinar: DAC6 — 10 months on

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Wednesday 10 November, 12:00pm (UK)

Following multiple delays, DAC6 has now been in force in most EU Member States since January 2021. Businesses across Europe are now reporting on cross-border transactions, with many still grappling with when, how and what they need to report.

In this webinar, Director of Best Practice Gary Yantin and Head of Legal and Product Research Ruth Mittelmann Cohen discussed the challenges that intermediaries and taxpayers face, give an overview of how the different EU Member States and the UK have implemented DAC6 and reveal the reporting patterns emerging from the different tax authorities. They also gave an update on the UK’s consultation document on MDR.

The webinar covered:

  • DAC6 recap
  • Top challenges firms are facing
  • Findings from different tax authorities
  • Approaches to legal professional privilege
  • UK MDR
  • What comes next?

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On-demand webinar: What’s on the regulatory agenda for Q4?

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To help businesses keep track of updates in UK legislation and policies, VinciWorks frequently publishes a regulatory agenda. The guide gives a clear and in-depth overview of EU developments, ongoing acts of parliament, the latest COVID-19 government guidance and more.

During this webinar, VinciWorks’ Director of Best Practice Gary Yantin and Director of Learning and Content Nick Henderson explored the regulatory agenda for the next few months and beyond.

This webinar covered:

  • New reporting and regulatory requirements from the EU including: human rights in supply chains, directives on cyber security, and the latest on ePrivacy
  • New UK legislation on trade, banking, financial regulation and employment law
  • Government consultations on internal markets, legal aid, gambling, competition law and money laundering, alongside the latest on intellectual property and crypto-asset reforms
  • The impact of a new commissioner for the UK’s ICO and potential changes to data protection law in the UK
  • How to get ahead of the new duty to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace
  • The latest back to the office guidance on data protection, mental health, reasonable adjustments and health and safety

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On-demand webinar: Diversity – Managing reasonable adjustments in the age of hybrid work

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As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and businesses begin to return to the office, companies are taking a variety of approaches to managing the transition. While some are staying at home for now and others have gone back full time, most are opting for a hybrid working policy. But many people are anxious, or at least conflicted, about returning to in-person work, with these worries likely to be exacerbated for those requiring reasonable adjustments.

During our webinar, we delve into the challenges faced by disabled staff during the pandemic, and the impacts on inclusion in changing workplace practices. We will also discuss how to ensure reasonable adjustments are made for disabled staff, and how to ensure all staff feel included in return-to-office policies.

We were joined by disability and reasonable adjustment experts:

  • Daniel Holt, Founding Chair of the Association of Disabled Lawyers
  • Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP, first permanent wheelchair user elected to the Scottish Parliament

The webinar covered:

  • What are reasonable adjustments?
  • How to make workplaces more accessible
  • Reasonable adjustments and the law in a pandemic
  • Best-practice guidance for return to the office policies
  • What does effective inclusion training look like?

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On-demand webinar: GDPR — Back to the Office

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As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and businesses begin to return to the office, companies are taking a variety of approaches to managing the transition. While some are staying at home for now and others have gone back full time, most are opting for a hybrid working policy. While this might be a sensible and fair solution for the time being, having staff work both at home as well as the office raises several data security and GDPR compliance concerns.

In this webinar, we were joined by Dechert LLP’s Director of Risk and Compliance Mohbub Rahman to explore the key things you need to remember to keep data safe during the latest transition.

The webinar covered:

  • How companies are transitioning back to the office
  • How hybrid working works
  • Data protection risks in a hybrid working environment
  • How hackers and scammers took advantage during the pandemic
  • Best practice for data security with hybrid working

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On-demand webinar: Code of conduct — How to get your staff on board

A strong code of conduct is vital for employees to know what is expected of them.

How do you ensure your staff are able to easily grasp your code and put it into practice without feeling overwhelmed or bored? And how do you succinctly cover topics as diverse as discrimination and harassment to bribery and cyber security?

In this webinar, we were joined by Hershey’s Head of Ethics and Compliance, Sonia Zeledón, to explore the challenges of effectively managing and training on codes of conduct.

The webinar covered:

  • The challenges of code of conduct compliance
  • How different organisations are sharing their codes of conduct with their staff
  • What we can learn from Hershey’s code of conduct
  • What effective code of conduct training looks like
  • What VinciWorks can do to help

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On-demand webinar: Anti-money laundering — Understanding best practice

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In 2017, the UK enacted The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds Regulations. Over the past few years, there have been a number of changes to these regulations. To help those governed by the Regulations navigate the ever-changing AML landscape, certain bodies have compiled industry-specific guidance. Two of those bodies are the Legal Sector Affinity Group (LSAG) and The Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG).

Their guidance was published for the legal and financial sectors respectively. However, the risks faced by an organisation will vary on a case-by-case basis. Accordingly, many of our clients are still unsure as to what constitutes best practice, particularly with regards to carrying out onboarding risk assessments.

During this webinar, our experts explored the latest guidance, why it is necessary and what best practice reporting looks like.

The webinar covered:

  • What is the LSAG guidance and how does it relate to MLROs?
  • What is the risk based approach and why is it important as part of CDD?
  • Understanding how to undertake client due diligence, and when to apply enhanced or simplified due diligence
  • How and when to undertake ongoing monitoring
  • How VinciWorks can help with client onboarding and ongoing monitoring
  • How to enrol your staff in effective AML training

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Upcoming webinar: In conversation with the SRA

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The SRA Standards and Regulations have been in force for 18 months. In that time, firms have had to grapple with new anti-money laundering guidelines, the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes to accounts rules.

In this webinar, we will be joined by the SRA’s Policy Associates Jatinderpal Loyal and Richard Silver to look back at the last 18 months of SRA compliance and what to look out for going forward.

The webinar will cover:

  • The challenges presented by the pandemic and guidance for firms
  • A recap of the SRA Standards & Regulations and the changes they brought about
  • How solicitors and firms have taken advantage/benefited from the changes
  • How firms have adapted to the less prescriptive Accounts Rules and the key risks identified by the SRA
  • The priorities for the SRA going forward
  • How quality indicators support consumers accessing legal services
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On-demand webinar: GDPR – Three years on

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The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has now been in force for three years. During that time, fines have reached a total of over €280 million, the UK has left the EU and the ICO has announced that there will be a new Commissioner from October.

On the three year anniversary of GDPR coming into force, we were joined by White & Case LLP’s Global Information Governance Director Richard Hogg and VinciWorks’ DPO Ruth Mittelmann Cohen to look at the last three years of GDPR. We will explore the effect the regulation has had on the way we collect and process data and what we can expect in the next 12 months.

The webinar covered:

  • What can we learn from recent GDPR fines?
  • Does Brexit affect data protection regulation in the UK?
  • Best-practice guidance
  • How to implement effective training year-on-year
  • What does the future hold for GDPR in the UK?

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On-demand webinar: ESG — The new era in corporate accountability

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From the EU’s upcoming Corporate Due Diligence and Corporate Accountability Directive to the FCA’s Climate-Related Financial Disclosures and the SEC’s new framework for ESG disclosure, corporate accountability is changing.

This is on top of existing ESG reporting requirements including the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive, the French Corporate Duty of Vigilance, and the fact that ESG reporting is becoming increasingly expected by investors and regulators.

Investors in particular are expecting greater attention to the impact of a business on the world around them. Regulators are increasingly taking notice. From the International Financial Reporting Standards moving forward with establishing ESG standards to the incoming SEC chairman Gary Gensler’s plan to increase governance oversight after years of lax regulations, ESG reporting is here to stay.

During this webinar, our experts gave an overview of the future of corporate accountability rules, and how to stay on top in the changing world of corporate compliance.

The webinar covered:

  • New ESG regulations in the UK, US and EU
  • How to undertake an internal ESG audit
  • Preparing for ESG reporting and regulatory disclosures
  • What VinciWorks can do to help with ESG compliance
  • Your questions on ESG reporting and compliance

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