Webcast: How ESG Can Inform International Trade Compliance, and Vice Versa

September 20, 2022

Human rights are a shared concern of international trade compliance professionals and those responsible for developing policies to implement the Social (“S”) element of company ESG programs, but the leads for each are not always in conversation. However, recent developments, especially with respect to international trade regulation, require both to be in the same room and to work together to integrate due diligence, monitoring, and reporting across business functions. In this CLE webinar, we review several areas of convergence in export control, sanctions, and import regulation and S-focused ESG standards, and share practical strategies International Trade and ESG professionals can follow to make the most of this convergence in their compliance and ESG programs.


Ronald Kirk is Senior Of Counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas and Washington, D.C. offices. He is Co-Chair of the International Trade Practice Group and a member of the Sports Law, Public Policy, Crisis Management and Private Equity Practice Groups. Ambassador Kirk focuses on providing strategic advice to companies with global interests. Prior to joining the firm in April 2013, Ambassador Kirk served as the 16th United States Trade Representative and was a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, serving as the President’s principal trade advisor, negotiator and spokesperson on trade issues. Ambassador Kirk draws upon more than 30 years of diverse legislative and economic experience on local, state and federal levels.

Christopher T. Timura is Of Counsel in Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s International Trade and White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Groups. Mr. Timura helps clients solve regulatory, legal and political problems that arise at the intersection of national security, trade, and foreign policy, and develop corporate social responsibility and environmental, social, and governance strategies, policies and procedures. His clients span economic sectors and range from start-ups to Global 500 companies.

Sean J. Brennan is an associate in Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington, D.C. office. He practices in the firm’s Litigation Department, with a focus on white collar criminal defense and investigations, international trade, and public policy. Mr. Brennan regularly advises clients on human rights due diligence and supply chain issues, including compliance with the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. He has also conducted internal investigations involving alleged violations of cybersecurity, national security, and anti-money laundering laws.

Eric Clark is Nokia’s lead counsel for trade compliance, including laws and regulations around export controls, international sanctions, and import/customs controls. In addition, he also now serves as counsel for Nokia’s human rights program and due diligence process. Eric has been working on trade and sanctions topics for more than 15 years in both government and the private sector.


This program has been approved for credit in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours, of which 1.5 credit hours may be applied toward the areas of professional practice requirement. This course is approved for transitional/non-transitional credit.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.25 hours.

California attorneys may claim “self-study” credit for viewing the archived version of this webcast. No certificate of attendance is required for California “self-study” credit.