LexisNexis and the Atlantic Council to Formally Introduce “The Global Rule of Law Business Principles”

  LexisNexis and the Atlantic Council to Formally Introduce “The Global Rule
  of Law Business Principles”

NYC Event Featuring United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Moderated
    by CNN’s Jessica Yellin to Underscore the Business Community’s Role in
                     Advancing the Rule of Law Worldwide

 “LexisNexis Rule of Law Awards” to be Presented to the UN Secretary-General,
    Former President of Ireland the Honorable Mary Robinson, and Immediate
        Past-President of the American Bar Association Laurel Bellows

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- September 19, 2013

LexisNexis^® Legal & Professional—a Reed Elsevier business and a leading
global provider of content and technology solutions— and the Atlantic
Council—a non-partisan institution devoted to promoting transatlantic
cooperation and international security—will formally present the initial draft
of the Global Rule of Law Business Principles to the United Nations
Secretary-General at a special event tonight in NYC. From tonight, the United
Nations Global Compact will work to develop a truly global approach for how
the business community can support the rule of law, using the work of
LexisNexis and the Atlantic Council as an important foundation for this
process. LexisNexis and the Atlantic Council will closely collaborate with the
United Nations in the ongoing process.

“The Rule of Law Now: Building Business Leadership,” moderated by CNN Chief
Domestic Affairs Correspondent Jessica Yellin, seeks to spur a dialogue about
the most pressing issues surrounding the rule of law that impact global
business, law firms, NGOs, and other institutions. This special event will
also feature the presentation of the inaugural “LexisNexis Rule of Law
Awards,” bestowed upon worthy individuals from the business, non-profit, law,
and academic arenas who, through their individual efforts and leadership, have
elevated awareness surrounding the rule of law and enhanced its application
around the world. Award recipients include: the UN Secretary-General; the
Honorable Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN Commissioner for
Human Rights; and Laurel Bellows, the immediate past-president of the American
Bar Association and principal of the Bellows Law Group, P.C., all of whom will
participate in a panel discussion about the topic following the
Secretary-General’s remarks.

“LexisNexis has made the worldwide promotion of the rule of law its foundation
as a business,” said Mike Walsh, CEO, LexisNexis Legal & Professional.
“Advancing the rule of law is an imperative requirement in serving the greater
social good. It also—and not incidentally—protects and supports the goals of
global business. We are delighted to partner with the Atlantic Council to
formally introduce the Global Rule of Law Business Principles, and are honored
to have the support of the UN Secretary-General in taking this important
effort forward.”

Why the Rule of Law is Good for Business

Research and common sense dictate that where the rule of law thrives there is
improved social well-being, which leads to greater economic growth and
prosperity. Conversely, the denial of this basic human right often comes
coupled with widespread bribery, corruption, and worse. From a global business
perspective, companies cannot properly function in environments where legal
norms are not guaranteed to be carried out with impartiality, fairness, or at

In its simplest sense the concept of the rule of law—as popularized by 18th
century Irish statesman and political philosopher Edmund Burke—means “law
should govern.” More formally, the rule of law is a principle of governance in
which all persons, institutions, and entities, public and private, including
the State itself, are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated,
equally enforced and independently adjudicated, and which are consistent with
international human rights norms and standards.

“The Atlantic community faces a shifting global landscape where the principles
of democracy and human rights are not always made a priority,” said Frederick
Kempe, Atlantic Council president and CEO. “Together with LexisNexis, the
Atlantic Council looks forward to building a platform for the business world
to engage in advancing the rule of law on a global scale.”

The philosophy behind the goals for the LexisNexis and Atlantic Council Global
Rule of Law Business Principles is to provide businesses witha practical and
useful guide for actions they can take toward advancing the rule of law; and
to raise awareness of the impact that businesses can have in helping to
promote the rule of law.

LexisNexis and the Atlantic Council undertook broad consultations and have
developed six draft Global Rule of Law Business Principles that will initiate
a global discussion. You can read them in their entirety at

1) We will support fair process of legal redress, access to justice, and
access to the law.

2) We will support the sanctity of contracts and property rights, both for
real property and intellectual property.

3) We will implement fair and ethical business practices subject to local laws
and customs.

4) We will not engage in bribery or support corruption.

5) We will encourage the protection of human rights.

6) We will advocate on behalf of the Global Rule of Law Business Principles
and track and report on our organization’s adherence to those Principles.

“While we know that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for a challenge as
manifold as worldwide adherence to the rule of law concept, we believe the
Global Rule of Law Business Principles to be an incremental but vital step
forward,” continued Mr. Walsh. “In our age of increasing globalization,
banding together to advance the rule of law is a critical priority. The United
Nations Global Compact is the ideal partner to take this forward and start a
global consultative process with the business community, civil society and
experts in the rule of law, within the framework of the United Nations.”

About LexisNexis Legal & Professional

LexisNexis^® Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of content and
technology solutions that enable professionals in legal, corporate, tax,
government, academic and non-profit organizations to make informed decisions
and achieve better business outcomes. As a digital pioneer, the company was
the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis^® and
Nexis^® services. Today, LexisNexis harnesses leading-edge technology and
world-class content to help professionals work in faster, easier and more
effective ways. Through close collaboration with its customers, the company
ensures organizations can leverage its solutions to reduce risk, improve
productivity, increase profitability and grow their business. Part of Reed
Elsevier, Inc. LexisNexis Legal & Professional serves customers in more than
100 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide. For more information, please
visit www.lexisnexis.com.

About the Atlantic Council

The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in
international affairs based on the central role of the Atlantic Community in
meeting global challenges. For more information, please visit
www.AtlanticCouncil.org or follow us on Twitter at @AtlanticCouncil.

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