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Directors’ Duties Regarding Climate Change in Japan

In collaboration with our Canadian partners, the Canada Climate Law Initiative, we have produced legal analysis on ‘Directors’ Duties Regarding Climate Change in Japan’. Authored by Dr. Yoshihiro Yamada, Vice Dean of College of Law at the Ritsumeikan University, Dr. Janis Sarra, Professor of Law at the University of British Columbia, and Dr. Masafumi Nakahigashi, Vice-President at Nagoya University, the report outlines the three primary duties for directors of Japanese companies: duty of loyalty; duty to be compliant with all laws, regulations, and ordinances, and the company articles; and the duty of care. These duties to the corporation ground the obligation of corporate directors and officers to act in their company’s best interests by developing a plan to tackle climate change. The report also highlights how directors and their companies are impacted if they fail to fulfill these obligations.

http://ccli.ubc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Directors-Duties-Regarding-Climate-Change-in-Japan.pdf

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The CCLI examines the legal basis for directors and trustees to consider, manage, and report on climate change and broader environmental risks, opportunities and impacts, and the circumstances in which there may be liability for failing to do so. We also work to advance knowledge on effective sustainable governance practice.
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Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative

The CCLI examines the legal basis for directors and trustees to consider, manage, and report on climate change and broader environmental risks, opportunities and impacts, and the circumstances in which there may be liability for failing to do so. We also work to advance knowledge on effective sustainable governance practice.

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The Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 11813153 and with registered office at Kemp House, 160 City Road, London, United Kingdom EC1V 2NX.

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