Environmental, Social, and Governance

Faced with dramatically increased business and investment risks due to climate change, demands for social justice, and calls for greater corporate accountability, companies in all sectors worldwide are reassessing their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts. At its core, ESG is a framework for assessing how companies compare in terms of sustainable, responsible business practices.

Regulators, investors, suppliers, consumers, and other key stakeholders are driving this movement as they seek to encourage the implementation of more socially aware and sustainable business models. Today’s investors use the ESG framework as a tool to identify companies committed to making a difference in the world, and to avoid those that pose a greater financial risk.

In order to remain relevant and competitive, businesses must learn how to navigate these evolving environmental, social, and cultural norms. Proactively, they need to address their ongoing commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Doing so requires a greener, more strategic business model that aligns with the range of rules and regulations pertaining to ESG issues.

Jenner & Block’s international team – comprised of business, energy, environmental, litigation, and human rights advisors – helps clients evaluate their current ESG strategy and identify potential risk areas and opportunities. We take a holistic, proactive approach to managing ESG issues, better equipping and preparing our clients to navigate these new norms and regulations in order to achieve sustainable long-term growth.

For more information about how we can help your company weather the rapidly changing ESG legal landscape, please contact one of our related professionals.

ESG SERVICES

Environmental

  • Advising clients on strategies geared towards actively improving greenhouse gas emissions, supply chain management, natural resource management, and climate change strategies;
  • Working directly with clients to avoid or mitigate the risks of environmental liabilities associated with their operations;
  • Assisting clients in developing ESG policies and practices to ensure they meet legal requirements and are in line with what investors are seeking.

Social

  • Advising global clients on managing risk worldwide, including conducting global reviews of policies, partnerships, supply chains, and corporate systems;
  • Conducting in-depth human rights impact assessments of clients’ corporate operations, employment policies and procedures, labor relations, and equity/diversity concerns;
  • Helping clients respond quickly and strategically when human rights crises occur;
  • Counseling clients on best practices and ESG metrics related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice;
  • Ensuring that client business models align with international human rights standards.

Governance

  • Counseling corporate boards on legal requirements and best practices for ESG-related regulatory requirements, reporting, and disclosure;
  • Evaluating corporation’s public statements related to ESG-related issues and identifying potential risk areas;
  • Advising corporate boards and executive leadership on ways to ensure that the interests of diverse stakeholders are factored into the decision-making process.