Birthday candles for GDPR

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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Wednesday 12 January, 12:00pm (UK)

Despite the ongoing pandemic, compliance departments can still enter the new year with a sense, if not an outline, of what should be on their agenda in 2022. Preparing for rapid, sudden changes in 2022, from new Covid-19 variants to supply chain problems or catastrophic climate events, should still be high on every compliance officer’s agenda. But that doesn’t mean planning for the expected should take a back seat.

In this webinar, our Director of Best Practice Gary Yantin and Director of Learning and Content Nick Henderson looked at the regulatory and compliance horizon for the upcoming year.

They discussed the top items you can expect to see in your regulatory inbox. Change might be a constant in this day and age, but it doesn’t have to be unexpected, unplanned, or catch you unprepared.

The webinar covered:

  • What will happen with the supply chain crisis
  • Changes to UK GDPR and a new privacy shield
  • Sarbanes-Oxley financial regulation is coming to the UK
  • ESG regulations hit its stride
  • More vaccine mandates and Covid-19 guidance
  • Protecting mental health at home and work

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About the experts

Nick Henderson

Nick Henderson is Director of Learning and Content at VinciWorks and has played an important role in developing VinciWorks’ most interactive and customisable courses covering topics such as anti-briberyanti-money launderingGDPRdiversitymental healthhealth and safety and more. Nick is a policy expert with a background in public, voluntary and private sectors and has expert-level knowledge across a wide range of areas.

Gary Yantin, Director of Best Practice

As Director of Best Practice at VinciWorks, Gary Yantin works with professional service firms of all sizes to provide the best compliance learning experience for their staff. He was previously an in-house lawyer and a solicitor in private practice. Gary has hosted many webinars and workshops for VinciWorks on a wide range of risk and compliance topics including GDPR and the SRA’s new approach to ongoing learning.

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On 30 November 2021, HMRC published its draft UK Mandatory Disclosure Rules (MDR) and released its consultation which seeks views on the design of the draft regulations. The consultation will be open until 8 February 2022. The UK MDR is expected to come into force in summer 2022, replacing UK DAC6.

MDR requires advisers (and sometimes taxpayers) to report information to the tax authorities on certain prescribed arrangements and structures, including those that could circumvent existing tax transparency reporting rules known as the Common Reporting Standard or hide ownership of assets.

For this webinar, we were joined by John Sandeman, HMRC’s policy official for Mandatory Disclosure Rules, who helped attendees get to grips with the UK MDR and how it applies to your organisation. John also answered attendee questions.

The webinar covered:

  • Who does UK MDR apply to?
  • Top challenges firms are facing
  • Best practice for submitting reports under MDR
  • Approaches to legal professional privilege
  • What guidance HMRC are planning to release

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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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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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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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