What if your company has a full third of its engineers with Ukrainian backgrounds? What if a solid chunk of your company’s personnel are former military who have very specific views about gun control, and then there is a mass shooting? Or maybe your company has taken definitive stances on women’s and LGBTQ issues and is admonished by a governor?
When corporations and executives decide they want to speak out on hot-button social or political issues, in-house lawyers have a host of factors they need to consider, such as how a statement may affect each corporate stakeholder. And they need to do as much planning in advance, according to a panel of law department lawyers who spoke at an annual Minority Corporate Counsel Association conference on Monday in New York.