There is a growing focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in today’s boardrooms. As companies grapple with developing ESG programs, legal operations have an important role. From preparing ESG disclosures and managing risks to collecting, validating, and reporting data, firms can leverage core legal operations functions to build an ESG program that drives improvement over time.
ESG considerations can play a key role in the restructurings of distressed businesses. This article examines what should be the ESG playbook for companies or insolvency practitioners implementing a restructuring.
Investors and the wider public are increasingly gravitating towards businesses that prioritize ESG credentials. This article is about the importance of data protection in this context and why it should not be overlooked.
Followers of the financial press will not have failed to note the prominence of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) developments in recent years, whether through regulatory proposals, statements from asset managers concerning ESG, or industry/sector changes. As such, much has been written about the movement away from a shareholder economy toward a stakeholder economy, and the need to “build back better” as part of COVID-19 economic renewal packages.
This article has an update for the Shareholder Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Resolutions in Australia following their previous update in September 2020. Describing some of the recent changes and developments, their conclusion was that the increasing number of ESG resolutions demonstrates that activities are making full use of their ability to requisition shareholder resolutions.
Despite concerns early in 2020 that the pandemic would impact the growth of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives, the opposite proved to be the case with political and investor momentum aligning and ESG initiatives surging in the climate of “building back better”. This growth will likely accelerate in 2021, particularly as leading economies and financial centres in the US, China, the EU, and the UK make political and legislative commitments focused on ESG and investors double down on their ESG demands.
This second instalment of Latham’s annual 10 Things to Look Out For blog post highlights ESG-related developments and trends to anticipate in 2021.
The term ESG has gotten much attention lately, but many aren’t even sure what it means. “ESG” stands for “Environmental, Social, and Governance” and is a framework to evaluate a company’s business as it relates to meeting its environmental, social, and governance strategic objectives. Investors, regulators, employees, and customers express increasing concern that the companies they deal with are concentrating on and improving their ESG metrics. It is without a doubt an area of focus that is here to stay.
In this article, we discuss examples of how General Counsel and law departments can burnish their profile while doing good and helping their employers with ESG matters.
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters are of high importance during the pandemic. In this article, in-house counsel can learn more about how to spotlight these initiatives and shift these issue from a "compliance" issue to a "commercial issue" within their companies.
As expected, 2021 saw continued emphasis on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues on a global scale, by governments, regulators, NGOs, the private sector, and other important stakeholders.
This third instalment of Latham’s annual 10 Things to Look Out For blog post highlights the ESG-related developments and trends that we expect to remain in the headlines in 2022.
ESG has become a mainstream concern across companies, industries, and markets throughout the world. More than ever, companies’ ability to manage ESG risks and take advantage of new market opportunities can help them drive value for their stakeholders.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy is fast becoming a norm within corporations, although how those strategies are being implemented and managed may vary as numerous leaders with different roles within the C-suite may become involved.
In Case You Missed It, the Law Department Management Network's February 2021 Legal Quick Hit was titled "How to Develop and Advance an Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Program." You can view this quick checklist, developed by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, to get a brief snapshot into the program.
ESG, which stands for Environmental, Social and Governance, refers to a stance or an approach to projects, including financial investments.
In this article, this approach is applied to legal and regulatory framework and how it can impact a companies process when they create financial products. This resource was produced in May 2019.
This article, developed by Latham & Watkins LLP, reviews how the SEC proposals track EU requirements in certain respects, but differences in content and scope could leave advisory firms with increasingly complex compliance challenges. Learn more about the ESG Disclosure Requirements proposed in this article.
The Covid-19 pandemic is not only a major public health crisis, but the kick-start of an irreversible change in the global economic order. In this article, learn how other in-house counsel, executives, and business people rethink responsible investment and implement consistent policies for good environmental, social, and corporate governance practices (known by the acronym ESG - Environmental, Social, and Governance) have been showing great competitive advantage over others.
Learn the key features of the proposal adopted on February 23, 2022 by European Commission (“Commission”) for a Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive.
Companies of all sizes are engaged in an effort to make Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors a part of their businesses in both vision and practice. The impact of personnel policies and practices extend far beyond the “S” portion of ESG. This resource outlines five personnel policies and practices to consider when assessing company ESG priorities and goals.