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Hayden Goudy, ESG Business Intelligence Advisor, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Vedika Mehera, Innovation Advisor, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Publication Date
03/10/2022
-2 pages

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.

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Interest Area: Law Department Management
Audience: Mid-Career, New to In-House, Legal Operations, Small Law Departments, Large Law Departments
Articles
Author
Eloise Matsui, Partner, Stephanie Poon, Senior Associate, Natasha Law, Associate, Stephenson Harwood LLP
Publication Date
03/21/2022
3 pages

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.

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Region: Global, Asia, Hong Kong
Articles
Author
Raj Shah, Senior Associate, Collyer Bristow
Publication Date
12/10/2021
2 pages

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.

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Author
Latham & Watkins LLP
Publication Date
01/11/2021
22 pages

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.

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Region: United States
Articles
Author
Joseph Muraca, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
Publication Date
12/16/2020
3 pages

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.

Resource Details
Interest Area: Environmental
Region: Australia, Australia / Pacific
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career
Docket Article
Publication Date: 12/08/2020
Companies are trying to do the right thing in a challenging environment for their employees, communities, and customers. In-house counsel will realize just how critical privacy is to a company and its sustainability and attractiveness to investors.

Docket Article
Publication Date: 12/08/2020
The modern general counsel continues to evolve into a true generalist and should play a central role in driving cross-functional corporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives.
Docket Article
Publication Date: 12/18/2020
For the last decade or so, access to capital markets has been significantly impacted by environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance standards.
Docket Article
Publication Date: 08/02/2021
Approach corporate taxes with an ESG lens in four steps.
Docket Article
Publication Date: 09/30/2021
With renewed focus on ESG practices, in-house counsel are well positioned to take a leading role in protecting the company.
Docket Article
Publication Date: 12/15/2020
The November 2020 ACC Docket cover story highlights the best ways that general counsel can lead and bolster their company’s ESG programs, from focusing on the environmental practices to social justice movements. Below are more insights from other ACC Docket authors to encourage in-house counsel to prioritize ESG initiatives and get more support from investors.
Docket Article
Publication Date: 03/10/2021
Civic responsibility is taking center stage in ESG discussions, especially for institutional investors.
Author
Paul A. Davies, Nicola Higgs, Sophie Lamb QC, Ryan J. Maierson, Colleen C. Smith, Michael D. Green, and Edward R. Kempson
Publication Date
02/15/2021

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.

Articles
Author
Audrey Rubin, Senior Advisor, BarkerGilmore and Jessica Bennett, General Counsel of NovaSource Power Services
Publication Date
11/03/2021
2 pages

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.

Resource Details
Interest Area: Law Department Management
Region: Global
Audience: Legal Operations
Articles
Author
James Donnelly and Timothy Stutt, Herbert Smith Freehills
Publication Date
09/28/2020
4 pages

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.

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Region: Japan
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career, New to In-House, CLO / GC
Articles
Author
Paul Davies, Partner, Nicola Higgs, Partner, Sophie Lamb QC, Partner, Ryan Maierson, Partner, Colleen Smith, Partner, Michael Green, Counsel, Edward Kempson, Counsel, James Bee, Associate, and Anne Mainwaring, Associate, Latham & Watkins
Publication Date
01/01/2022

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.

Resource Details
Region: Global
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career, New to In-House, CLO / GC, Small Law Departments, Large Law Departments
Docket Article
Publication Date: 04/26/2021
ESG is becoming more important to regulators, consumers, and shareholders, so it must also become more important to businesses and their in-house counsel.
Docket Article
Publication Date: 05/17/2021
Sustainable finance means much more than reducing the carbon footprint. An overview of the evolving ESG regulatory framework and what lies ahead in green transition.
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Author
Latham & Watkins LLP
Publication Date
06/02/2020
5 pages

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.

Resource Details
Region: United States
Articles
Author
Thomson Reuters
Publication Date
04/14/2021
4 pages

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.

Resource Details
Region: Global
Audience: Deputy GC, CLO / GC
Checklists
Author
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Publication Date
02/15/2021
1 pages

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.

Articles
Author
Urszula McCormack, Partner, Richard Mazzochi, Partner, Guo Sun Lee, Partner, Cindy Shek, Partner, Alix Prentice, Partner, Anne-Maire Neagle, Partner, John Eagleton, Partner, and Leonie Tear, Senior Associate, King & Wood Mallesons
Publication Date
06/22/2020
18 pages

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.

Resource Details
Region: Hong Kong, Global
Articles
Author
Laura N. Ferrell, Sarah E. Fortt, Betty M. Huber, David Berman, Paul A. Davies, Nicola Higgs, Anne Mainwaring, Brett J. Frazer, Karmpreet Grewal, Austin Pierce, Latham & Watkins LLP
Publication Date
06/01/2022
13 pages

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.

Resource Details
Region: United States
Audience: Mid-Career, New to In-House, Small Law Departments, Large Law Departments
Articles
Author
Thiago A. Spercel, Partner, Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados
Publication Date
10/14/2020
20 pages

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.

Resource Details
Collection: Sustainability
Region: Global, Brazil
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career
Author
Frédéric Louis, Christian Duvernoy, Anne Vallery, Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Kamann, Geoffroy Barthet and Su Şimşek, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Publication Date
03/04/2022
6 pages

Learn the key features of the proposal adopted on February 23, 2022 by European Commission (“Commission”) for a Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive.

Resource Details
Collection: Sustainability
Region: European Union
Docket Article
Publication Date: 12/08/2020
In-house counsel play a critical role in shaping a company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy and improving its ESG scores. Because investors are increasingly focused on ESG issues, in-house counsel must understand how ESG factors are derived and integrated into investors’ review of a company’s financial and reputational health.
Articles
Author
Erik K. Eisenmann, Partner, and Larissa M. Warren Whittingham, Senior Associate, Husch Blackwell LLP
Publication Date
03/15/2022
3 pages

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.

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