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The General Counsel Leading the Charge

E. Norman Veasey and Christine T. Di Guglielmo

in Indispensable Counsel

Published in print May 2013 | ISBN: 9780199315604
Published online April 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190259792 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199315604.003.0004
The General Counsel Leading the Charge

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One of the fundamental duties of the general counsel is the promotion of ethical conduct within the corporate organization, resulting with the moniker “guardian of the corporate integrity”. Advocating a corporate culture where the subordinates all throughout the organization act based on “doing the right thing” is often placed in the hands of the general counsel. It is his or her job to spearhead the corporate charge towards building an ethical environment where everyone works strategically but with integrity. This chapter looks at the process of establishing and maintaining a legal and ethical culture, the different professional conduct rules dealing with the in-house counsel, and the demonstration of openness and community involvement through corporate citizenship, incorporating diversity within the company, and formalizing pro bono programmes.

Keywords: general counsel; corporate ethics; corporate culture; professional conduct; corporate openness; corporate citizenship; corporate diversity

Chapter.  14260 words. 

Subjects: Company and Commercial Law

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