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The Shift: The GC’s Role in Creating a Purposeful Company Culture

General Counsel have been tasked as change makers within their organization. As part of this, they are expected to lead by example and help establish an ethical company culture that is deeply embedded and embraced throughout the company. Part of why this is a natural fit for legal department leaders is that their prime directive is to always act in the best interest of the company and to look out for internal and external stakeholders, whether they are employees, regulators, investors, customers, suppliers, the community or the environment. Thus, many GCs will have a natural touchpoint to many of the areas needed to develop a truly purpose-led organization. In addition, by taking on this leadership role, it also helps generate legal function value and creates an opportunity to incorporate things like ESG initiatives within the larger company messaging.

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