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Role of the Corporate Entity: The License to Operate & Leadership Expectations in a New World

The concepts around a company’s social license to operate are not new. Legitimacy, credibility, and trust are the pillars of such social license. Merely following regulatory requirements has been insufficient for a company to gain public support for its operations for some time now. The stakes and expectations continue to rise. As confidence remains low in governments and the media to establish a trusted voice across society, more people look to businesses and their leadership to fill the void.

The Chief Legal Officer is in a unique position of influence at the intersection of acute regulatory knowledge and a seat at the table when the business strategy is shaped. This panel will discuss the pressures and the opportunities they are seeing internally and externally to meet an increasingly complex set of expectations across diverse stakeholders.


  • Christine Wong, Partner & Global Co-Chair of the Litigation Department, Morrison Foerster
  • Lily Fu Claffee, Chief Legal Officer, OneMain Financial
  • Doug Lankler, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Pfizer

The 2022 Global Ethics Summit was Ethisphere’s flagship event and the premier place for companies and delegates to learn, develop, and share ideas that elevate the field of business ethics and compliance. This year’s Summit showcased more companies and featured additional points of view while bringing together a larger community of leaders. This Summit also provided attendees, faculty, and sponsors with close to 50 different sessions, inclusive of plenary, breakout, and select company showcases.

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