Audit, Compliance and Risk Blog

Ontario Courts Reaffirm the Weave of the Corporate Veil

Posted by Jon Elliott on Fri, Feb 07, 2020

One of the enduring benefits of the corporate form is the treatment of corporations as separate “people,” distinct from their owners when questions of legal rights, responsibilities and liabilities arise. This separation extends not just to individual investors and shareholders, but in most circumstances to the corporate directors and officers who decide what their corporation does. Common law courts and federal and provincial corporation statutes define the exceptions – usually based on what are called “piercing the corporate veil” between the company and its controlling minds, or by deciding that those controllers run the corporation as an “alter ego” rather than as a distinct legal person. In recent months, two cases in Ontario have given courts the opportunities to review and reaffirm these traditional approaches.

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Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, International, Canadian, directors, directors & officers

CASL Private Right of Action Delayed: Enforcement by CRTC Continues

Posted by STP Editorial Team on Tue, Aug 01, 2017

By Ryan J. Black, Janine MacNeil, Sharon E. Groom, Lyndsay A. Wasser, Rohan Hill

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Tags: Business & Legal, International, Internet, Canadian, casl

Expert Insights On Global EHS Auditing

Posted by John Nagy on Tue, Nov 03, 2015

This information will be updated shortly


The collective experience of 54 environmental, health, and safety (EHS) audit directors and managers from some of the world’s leading multinational companies provides valuable insights for companies of all sizes and audit-maturity levels in guiding EHS auditing activities. With the goal of promoting continuous improvement in EHS auditing effectiveness and practices, AECOM’s International Audit Practicef Consortium (IAPC) has published its Seventh Biennial Environmental, Health, and Safety Audit Practices Survey Report--a 123-page report presenting the results, analysis, and lessons learned from its membership in critical EHS areas of: Audit Scope versus Depth; Auditor Independence, Competency, and Training; Compliance Point versus Control Failures; Audit Program Metrics and Evaluations; and Stakeholder Value.

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Tags: International, Audit Standards, global

Complying With ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Requirements

Posted by Jon Elliott on Wed, Nov 19, 2014

STP Launches New Online Gap Analysis Tool

Auditors and Quality Managers across all manufacturing and service industries use ISO and OHSAS standards to put their Environmental and Health and Safety Management Systems into practice. These standards help implement effective and efficient EHS requirements, or VPP Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. In this blog I review and summarize the two standards, their aims and obligations.

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Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, International, Health & Safety, Environmental risks, Environmental, EHS

Internet Law: The Ifs, Ands and Buts of New Anti-Spam Legislation

Posted by Nelson Bennett on Fri, Jun 20, 2014

Knowing CASL’s exemptions is key to learning how it applies to your business.

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Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, International, Training, Internet

New Anti-Spam Laws Affect Virtually Every Business in Canada

Posted by Nelson Bennett on Wed, Jun 11, 2014

New anti-spam regulations that go into effect July 1 will do more than prevent spamming within Canada by Canadian businesses. Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) is a catch-all net that covers all forms of electronic messaging, from email and newsletters to social media and software downloads. Businesses that don’t comply face fines of up to $10 million.

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Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, International, Internet, Canadian

EU Parliament To Require Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity Reporting

Posted by Jon Elliott on Mon, May 05, 2014

On April 15, the European Parliament adopted a proposal to expand public company requirements to report accounting information, adding social responsibility and diversity reporting for companies that meet specified employee and revenue thresholds. The new directive provides targeted companies with flexibility to meet these rules by meeting national or voluntary standards that require at least equivalent reporting. To become law, the Commission's proposal must also be adopted by the European Union (EU) Member States in the Council (which votes by qualified majority); this is anticipated within the coming weeks.

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Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, Employer Best Practices, International, Environmental risks, Environmental, EHS

Court Vacates SEC’s Resource Extractors’ Reporting Requirements

Posted by Jon Elliott on Fri, Jul 19, 2013

One of the Dodd-Frank Act’s many directives to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was to require annual disclosures by publicly listed “resource extraction issuers” of payments they make to the U.S. federal government or foreign governments, related to commercial development of oil, natural gas, or minerals.  SEC thought it met this directive when it issued Rule 13q-1 and associated Form SD in August 2012.  However, on July 2, 2013 a federal judge decided that SEC misapplied its authority, and so vacated these provisions and remanded the issue to SEC to try again (American Petroleum Institute v. SEC).  Since Dodd-Frank required issuer reporting to begin no less than one year after SEC issued rules, the issuer reporting requirement is now on hold—but the statutory requirement remains in place so further rulemaking should be expected.

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Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, SEC, International, Health & Safety, Environmental, Greenhouse Gas, ghg, fracking, hydraulic fracking

Companies Must Begin to Identify “Conflict Minerals”

Posted by Ron Pippin on Mon, Apr 15, 2013

Included in the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act” (Dodd-Frank Act), which became law in the United States on July 21, 2010, was the requirement that U.S. public companies disclose their use of “conflict minerals”—and compliance efforts must begin now. Specifically, companies must determine whether any of their products have been manufactured with any tin, tantalum, tungsten, or gold (3TG).

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Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, SEC, International, Accounting & Tax, Accountants

Environmental Law Update

Posted by Viola Funk on Thu, Apr 11, 2013

Various changes were made to environmental legislation during 2012, both in the US and internationally. Here follows a summary of some of the headlines.

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Tags: International, California Legislation, Environmental, EPA, Greenhouse Gas, ghg, Stormwater