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Sustainability and ESG

Working together to protect and create your sustainable growth

The climate emergency and imperative social issues have catalysed significant regulatory and structural changes in markets, positioning Environmental, Social and Governance ("ESG") at the top of the board agenda.

We provide support as businesses pursue the opportunities presented by the exponential growth of sustainable finance and investment opportunities, action on emissions, climate tech, innovation and infrastructure to facilitate the energy transition, and the promotion of human rights, talent and diversity in the workforce across businesses and supply chains.

Core to business resilience in a time of change, are corporate governance frameworks that support coherent management of the opportunities and risks associated with a just transition to a carbon neutral or negative future. We advise clients internationally and locally as they incorporate ESG into business strategies and implement ESG in operations, supply chains and business relationships throughout value chains.

We support businesses as they seek to transition to net zero and invest in new clean or low carbon businesses or products.

We provide advice on comprehensive ESG management, implementing net zero strategies, identifying risks and obligations such an increasing reporting disclosure and due diligence requirements on ESG matters, to assistance with litigation, dispute and reputation risks arising from ESG, where effective stakeholder engagement is increasingly paramount.

Our team is on hand to enable your business transition and to protect and create your sustainable growth.

Enabling the Voluntary Carbon Market in the Context of the Paris Agreement

The City of London Corporation, the UK Voluntary Carbon Markets Forum and Clifford Chance have collaborated on a new research paper to identify and help address some of the most pertinent uncertainties and other issues facing the Paris mechanisms and the VCM. 

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Protecting and creating your sustainable growth

We help you lead change as you seize ESG opportunities while managing material ESG risks, supporting the creation and protection of long-term sustainable growth for your stakeholders.

We will never shy away from bringing constructive challenge to the table. This helps you put sustainable transition ahead of unsustainable, short-term fixes.

Our cohesive approach fully embraces a just transition, creating value and opportunities for stakeholders in a more sustainable, low-carbon world.

Market leading lawyers at the forefront of ESG developments

Our industry-leading teams bring creative thinking to ESG drawing on developments occurring across different sectors and markets, enabling you to anticipate and mitigate risks and make effective decisions about top boardroom issues.

We bring you both the international and local perspectives on shifting ESG market pressures and expectations, helping to synthesise and streamline responses to evolving regulatory and legal requirements.

Working together with you on your ESG priorities

We work together with you to find the right solutions for your business and your relevant business relationships in the supply chain and the value chain.

We are at the heart of ESG policy and industry sector forums, monitoring and influencing best practice evolution, which in turn helps us to help you address your specific opportunities and challenges.

The Promise of a Positive Legacy

Our United26 report with the Centre for Sport & Human Rights draws attention to the human rights strategies developed by all 22 cities across the United Bid, recognizing the important work done by a wide range of contributors and the key commitments and undertakings of the cities. The city submissions, which are publicly available, are voluminous, and this report aims to present the information in ways that will increase the accessibility of the material to a wide variety of stakeholders.

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