Recording available: Ethics Talk Live: From soft law to hard law

March 1 · Hybrid event from Helsinki

 9.15 – 11.00 EET (8.15 – 10.00 CET)

Nordic Business Ethics is partnering with DLA Piper to host a hybrid event (live stream webinar and breakfast) on March 1st at DLA Piper office located in the iconic “Sugar Cube” at Kanavaranta 1.

Join us for inspiration, new insights and great networking on the theme “From soft law to hard law” with the member and the Vice-President of the European Parliament Heidi Hautala and Head of Corporate at DLA Piper, Salla Tuominen. The event is moderated by the co-founder of NBE, Niina Ratsula.

The transition from soft law to hard law has significant implications for businesses, and understanding these changes is crucial to maintaining compliance and driving success. What does it mean to companies when previously voluntary actions become mandatory under the CSDDD?

Our panelists will delve deeper into the following topics:

  • What will be the real impacts of CSDDD for business environment?
  • How can companies take advantage of industry collaboration without jeopardizing competition compliance?
  • What does shared responsibility mean in practice?
  • What should the management understand about due diligence?
  • What will the enforcement look like in practice?

Our experts will explore the intricacies of this transition, providing valuable insights on how to navigate the complexities of regulatory changes. Whether you are a seasoned ethics & compliance professional or new to the field, this webinar will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to adapt to the changing legal landscape. As always, you are encouraged to bring your own questions.

 Please register below to join us for breakfast in Helsinki from 9:15 (8:15 CET) or register only for the webinar from 10:00 (9:00 CET). Please note that the confirmation emails, reminders, and the final link to join the webinar will be sent by DLA Piper Finland, not NBE. You will receive the final participation link to the webinar approximately 30 minutes before the webinar starts.

The event will be recorded, and following the event, the webinar recording link will be sent directly to your email upon registration.

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Experts speaking at the event

Heidi hautala, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Member of the European Parliament in the Greens/EFA group

She was elected as a Vice-President of the European Parliament in October 2017 and serves on the Committee on International Trade and the Subcommittee on Human Rights. In 2017, she established a Working Group on Responsible Business Conduct in the European Parliament.

In Finland, Ms Hautala served as a Member of Parliament from 1991 to 1995 and from 2003 to 2009. From 2011 to 2013, she was the Minister for International Development and State Ownership Steering.

She holds a Master’s degree in Agriculture and Forestry.

Salla tuominen, head of corporate at dla piper

Salla’s practice includes capital markets, public takeovers and other domestic and cross-border M&A transactions involving both public and private corporations. She is also experienced in advising on, and negotiating venture capital and private equity transactions.

Salla has in-depth knowledge of corporate governance and compliance. She is experienced in advising clients in various ESG matters such as, business and human rights. Salla represents our Nordic offices in DLA Piper’s Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance steering group. She is also Helsinki office’s responsible pro bono partner and representative of Iris, DLA Piper’s LGBT+ network.


Niina has supported numerous global and local organizations with governance and compliance related matters as a leader and through her own company.

Niina has received several acknowledgements for her work as a key note speaker and business ethics influencer. She is also an author of several business ethics and governance related books. Key conclusion of her PhD was that organizational culture plays a crucial role in the effectiveness of compliance programs.

Niina believes that we should have more uncomfortable conversations at work to enable more responsible work life.


09:15   Breakfast at Kanavaranta 1

10:00    Welcome from the moderator Niina Ratsula, NBE co-founder

A few words to dive into the topic and introducing the Ethics Talk LIVE partners and guests

10:10   Discussion 

The moderator will also take in questions from the audience, which can be presented during the Ethics Talk via chat.

11:00 Closing

Time zone is on EET (Helsinki)