Group Members access a wide array of ready information, an ever-expanding database, approaches, methodologies, legal precedents, "lessons learned" and more in order to navigate and shape corporate strategies concerning natural resource liability regimes worldwide (US Natural Resource Damages, the EU Environmental Liability Directive, UNEP guidelines for developing countries and other nations worldwide).
The Group's extensive program provides unprecedented support and resources to enable its members to better formulate corporate-wide and site-specific plans concerning "smarter use of resources" relative to US, European and worldwide environmental liability regimes.
On the liability side... member companies leverage experience, share information, work to develop best practices and engage in dialogue with regulatory authorities and others to manage, resolve and restore natural resources damages related to oil spills and releases of hazardous contaminants as well as address allied issues such as emergency response, site remediation and contaminated sediments.
On the natural resource strategy side... member companies access and leverage the Group's extensive information and experience so as to guide corporate-wide and site-specific strategies and plans to conserve, protect and optimize natural resources and the services they provide, including exchange with governmental authorities worldwide to encourage reasonable, balanced and predictable regulatory regimes and related initiatives -- all with an eye to the broader issues of ecosystem service valuation, biodiversity, corporate social responsibility and sustainability.
The Group operates on a consensus basis and does not lobby.
The Group utilizes a suite of committees, working groups and discussion groups to:
- continually identify cutting edge issues meriting Group attention or action;
- undertake specific activities and projects of interest to its member companies;
- facilitate communication among members on relevant topics; and
- provide opportunities to interface with other stakeholder groups.
The Group constitutes a formidable resource for executing financial, legal, environment health & safety, risk management and corporate social responsibility functions within a company. As such, among those persons who benefit from Group participation and find it highly relevant and helpful in fulfilling their position are those listed below:
- Chief Financial Officer;
- General Counsel and Senior Environmental Counsel;
- Environment, Health & Safety, Sustainability, and Corporate Social Responsibility Officers;
- Government Affairs and Public Affairs Officers and Staff;
- Risk Managers; and
- Remediation Managers.
Key features of the Group's program include:
- Group communications, on an going basis, ranging from breaking news developments, to internal and external meetings, to emerging work products and more;
- Password-protected websites;
- Regular webinars and conference calls on key issues;
- Specialty meetings;
- Reports and work products;
- Research sponsorship;
- Documentation development and publication, including practice-specific manuscripts, signature Group "advisories for industry", and best practices documents;
- Access to proprietary database information on a wide variety of natural resource- issues, from legal precedents to available defenses to government programs to peer reviewed and grey literature and more.
- Multi-stakeholder symposia, briefings, workshops and seminars;
- Lessons learned sessions within industry and with external partners;
- Legislative and regulatory comments;
- Public consultation participation;
- Joint projects, as appropriate, with governmental authorities and others;
- Amicus curiae opportunities;
- and more.