Since the UK Modern Slavery Act came into force, it is estimated that the number of people trapped in forced labour or forced marriages has actually increased, with the number now believed to have reached over 50 million. A mixture of armed conflict, climate change and the global pandemic has made modern slavery a growing challenge, despite an increase in regulations in many countries.

With the UK and other countries set to strengthen their regulations, in this webinar, we will look at whether businesses are doing enough to eradicate modern slavery.

The webinar will cover:

  • What businesses are currently doing well and how they can improve
  • MSA best practice
  • How modern slavery compliance can enhance your ESG programme
  • Guidance on producing annual modern slavery statements
  • Processes and tools to help you stay on top of your supply chains

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ESG – Environmental, Social and Governance – helps businesses measure their impact on the world. It goes broader than profit and loss and is more detailed than corporate social responsibility.

Over the past year, we have fielded hundreds of questions during our ESG webinars. From how to get started to understanding how to choose the proper ESG framework, businesses at all stages in their ESG journey have unanswered questions.

In this webinar, Director of Learning and Content Nick Henderson and Director of Product Alona Stern answered attendees’ ESG questions.

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In July 2021, HM Treasury launched a new AML consultation entitled ‘Amendments to the Money Laundering Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds Regulations 2017 (MLRs)’. The planned updates, most of which are coming into force on 1 September, are required to ensure that the UK continues to meet international AML standards, whilst also clarifying how the UK’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CTF) regime works. UK law firms continue to be at the forefront of the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.

In this webinar, Lindsay Taylor from Compliance Office and Nick Henderson from VinciWorks gave a thorough overview of the latest in AML compliance and what’s changing.

The webinar covered:

  • The latest amendments to the LSAG guidance and what they mean
  • An overview of MLRs and what’s changing
  • Lessons learnt from previous AML fines
  • How recent sanctions on Russia affect client onboarding and ongoing monitoring
  • Answering attendee questions – send your question in via the registration form

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VinciWorks’ AML client onboarding solution

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Law firms, accountancy firms and financial corporations are required to conduct risk assessments, client due diligence (CDD) and ongoing monitoring of their clients. The precise processes for CDD and risk assessments are often complex and vary greatly, depending on industry and jurisdiction. Organisations often struggle to implement systems which adequately incorporate all the interconnected requirements of these two vital AML components.

VinciWorks’ AML client onboarding solution can be used to enhance both the risk assessment and document collection aspects of client onboarding. As specific risk factors differ, Omnitrack offers unique workflows built for several industries based on extensive research into industry best practice and regulator guidance.

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Keeping money launderers out of legal services has long been a priority of the SRA. In 2021, the SRA visited an average of 7 law firms a month to check on their money laundering systems. The majority were told to make changes to the way they work. Further, in its latest threat assessment, the National Crime Agency (NCA) estimated that at least 70,000 people are engaged in serious organised crime in the UK, with upwards of £12bn in criminal cash generated annually.

In this webinar, Compliance Office Founder and Director Andy Donovan, and VinciWorks Head of Legal and Product Research Ruth Mittelmann Cohen discussed the SRA’s findings and how firms can maintain AML compliance.

The webinar covered:

  • How to prepare for an SRA AML audit
  • A review of the SRA AML findings
  • How to get your whole firm compliant with AML
  • Unpacking firms’/ clients matter risk assessment
  • Tools and resources for AML compliance
  • Answering attendee questions

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Since Russia launched its invasion on Ukraine at the end of February, the west has imposed significant sanctions on Russia, Belarus, and Vladimir Putin’s oligarchs who fund his war.

The rapidly evolving nature of the situation has made sanctions compliance an increasing challenge for businesses, but also one that is vital to understand and has prompted many organisations to review their compliance processes.

In this webinar, VinciWorks’ Director of Best Practice Gary Yantin and Director of Learning and Content Nick Henderson help businesses tackle questions around global sanctions compliance.

The webinar covered:

  • How sanctions are enforced
  • The challenges presented by sudden sanctions and how to be ready
  • What to do if a client appears on the sanctions list
  • How to stay up to date with the latest sanctions
  • What processes and systems can help your organisation stay on top of sanctions regulations

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Wednesday 25 May, 12pm (UK)

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has now been in force for four years. During that time, fines have reached a total of over €1.6 billion, with the majority of fines having been levied in the past 12 months. Also during that time, the UK left the EU, data protection regulation reforms were announced in the UK and the ICO appointed a new commissioner.

On the fourth anniversary of GDPR coming into force, we took a look at the last four years of GDPR, the effect the regulation has had on the way we collect and process data and what we can expect going forward.

The webinar covered:

  • A review of where businesses are falling short in GDPR compliance
  • What can we learn from recent GDPR fines?
  • How the UK’s data protection reforms affect UK GDPR
  • Best-practice guidance
  • How to implement an effective GDPR compliance programme

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ESG can feel like a complex and confusing topic, from finding the right data to track to aligning to frameworks. Are ESG frameworks mandatory, or even necessary for ESG? Which framework is right for which industry and size of business, and what’s the benefit, or not, of aligning to a framework for ESG?

In this webinar, our Director of Product Alona Stern and Director of Learning and Content Nick Henderson explored what frameworks mean, how to align with them, and which one, if any, may be right for your business. We also heard from Amanda Latham, Associate and Policy & Strategy Lead at professional services consultancy Barnett Waddingham. Amanda shared insight on her journey to becoming involved in ESG, including chairing the stewardship workstream of the Investment Consultants Sustainability Working Group (ICSWG).

This webinar covered:

  • The most popular ESG frameworks
  • What the difference is between the different ESG frameworks
  • Why you might align to a framework, and why not
  • How to align to a framework and get started
  • How VinciWorks can help with ESG

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Free guide: ESG — What businesses need to know

Global businesses are no longer working on environmental, social and governance issues in a silo. They are bringing them together under the banner of ESG to demonstrate the positive impact the business is having on the world. We have created a guide to environmental, social and governance factors with case studies and examples to help businesses that want to get started on ESG initiatives.

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Allies use their power, voice and privilege to act in solidarity with individuals from marginalised or minority groups to tackle inappropriate behaviour and bring down systems of oppression.

VinciWorks and Skill Boosters recently hosted an interactive webinar where they were joined by business psychologist and diversity expert Binna Kandola OBE, founder of business-psychology consultancy Pearn Kandola, as well as psychologist Ashley Williams and Skill Boosters’ Head of Content Ros Fordyce. They looked at real-life scenarios and explored what makes an effective ally. Using short video scenarios, we polled the audience on how they would best handle a given situation and share insights from leading D&I experts.

The webinar covered:

  • Why is allyship important?
  • The different minority and marginalised groups to whom we can be allies
  • What it means to be an effective and inclusive ally
  • Actions that allies can take to support people from minority or marginalised groups
  • The ‘Open The Front Door’ communication framework and how to use it
  • A brief overview of the new Allyship course by Skill Boosters

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Whistleblowing is a fundamental part of good governance, and vital for any business concerned about their ESG score. But whistleblowing rules differ widely between countries, with the UK, US, and now the EU Whistleblowing Directive all mandating differing levels of protection for whistleblowers.

Beyond the regulations, many companies face the challenge of how to implement a whistleblowing solution. Organisations can make it easier for staff to whistleblow, boosting their governance credentials and meeting their regulatory obligations as well.

In this webinar, we reviewed the whistleblowing regulations across the US, UK and EU, what the new EU Directive means, and what best practice looks like for whistleblowing compliance.

The webinar covered:

  • Whistleblowing regulations in the EU, US, and UK
  • The new EU Whistleblowing Directive
  • Elements of a successful whistleblowing programme
  • Navigating differences between jurisdictions
  • How to deal with a whistleblowing complaint
  • Whistleblowing and ESG

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Implementing an ESG programme can seem like a daunting task. From reporting methodologies to external ratings, there’s a lot to consider.

In this webinar, we explored the steps that any business can take to begin thinking about an ESG programme. Whether you have an extensive, carbon-heavy supply chain or are in professional services, ESG reporting doesn’t have to be complicated.

This webinar covered:

  • How to start thinking about implementing an ESG programme
  • Which ESG reporting frameworks are relevant to your organisation?
  • How to classify existing initiatives under ESG
  • Why ESG programmes can be beneficial to any organisation
  • How to write ESG pages in an annual report

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