Sonakshi Kapoor

Position: ESG Legal Associate, DLA Piper LLP
Category: Featured speaker

Sonakshi Kapoor focuses her practice in the area of litigation and regulatory law. Bringing her experience advising international organizations, governments in the Asia Pacific region, and private sector clients on business and human rights issues, she regularly advises clients on sustainability and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy and opportunities.

She assists clients with operational decision making and the development and implementation of ESG corporate policies and processes including corporate human rights programs, global supply chain due diligence, human rights assessments, materiality assessments, compliance assessments, and board level communications. She advises a broad range of general manufacturing, technology, life sciences, and financial services clients. Sonakshi also supports the firm’s Environmental Justice (EJ) practice and assists regulated entities in complying with emerging policies and regulations to improve access to federal benefits and funding and address enforcement scrutiny by federal departments.

Sonakshi’s ESG practice focuses on emerging US and global regulations addressing sustainability due diligence practices, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), sustainability frameworks such as World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) Corporate Human Rights Benchmarks, GRI and SASB standards, California Transparency in Supply Chain Act 2016, and the Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act 2021 (UFLPA). She leans into her experience advising the UN Human Rights Commission (OHCHR) and International Labor Organization (ILO), governments in the Asia Pacific region, and private sector clients on business and human rights issues.

Dual-qualified in California and India, Sonakshi’s international background informs her deep understanding of cross-cultural nuances in matters with cross-border implications. Sonakshi leads the Global Shapers – Oakland Chapter with the World Economic Forum. She is an Executive Committee member of the California New Lawyers’ Section (NLS) and the NLS liaison to the Real Property Law Section (RPLS) of the California Lawyers’ Association (CLA).

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