The evolution of the legal department's role inside the company over the last few years has turned a function once seen as peripheral to the business into a valuable center for strategic insight. That shift has put general counsels and chief legal officers right in the middle of conversations about purpose, responsibility and more. The Association of Corporate Counsel's Veta T. Richardson, along with Golden State Foods' John Page, gave us their thoughts on the GC/CLO's role in purpose conversations.
Tyler Lawrence (TL): Surveys such as the Edelman Trust Barometer show that the public is increasingly looking to corporations and executives for leadership and guidance on social issues. Why do you think that is? How is this shift playing out for general counsels, chief legal officers and in corporate law departments?