Welcome to the Global Green Guide hub, a space dedicated to exploring the legal sector’s contribution to a green transition. From ESG and sustainability to climate action and net-zero, here you will find private practice and in-house perspectives on the move towards a greener economy. Our inaugural EMEA Green Guide will launch here soon - watch this space. The guide will feature key firms in the EMEA region advising on issues around climate change and sustainability, while also highlighting their internal green initiatives. In the meantime, browse our Green Guide blog and range of other ESG content, including our webinar on finance and net-zero live from COP26!
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Finance and net zero – the GCs view: the in-house legal perspective on how finance can help deliver rapid climate action3 November 2021 | 1.00pm GMT This webinar, hosted live from the official Green Zone of COP26 on Finance Day, featured GCs who are working in finance and shared their views of how the industry is responding to the needs of net zero, with many factors generating the exponential growth in interest and action.
Law Firm Carbon Footprints: What are firms doing to reach net zero?
With the race to reduce carbon emissions at the top of the global agenda, Barnaby Merrill looks at what law firms are doing to mitigate climate change.
Amnesia and supply chains: the German law that brings due diligence back into focus
Chris Vlachopoulos looks at the new "LkSG" German law that puts supply chains under scrutiny.
ESG Colourwashing – why leadership with integrity is necessary to combat corporate hypocrisy
The Legal 500 Deutschland and Global Green Guide editor Anna Bauböck talks to widely respected The Legal 500 Germany GC Powerlist alumnus and internationally acclaimed head of legal Timo Matthias Spitzer, LL.M. (Wellington) about the introduction of ESG principles in business strategies and a resulting potential proliferation of so-called “ESG colourwashing”.
Green is the new black
Amy Ulliott, The Legal 500's Caribbean and Nordics editor, discusses how Norway is standing out as a leader among nations in its dedication to renewable energy and sustainability.
ESG in the DACH region: from soft topic to hard fact
While ESG concerns climb higher on DACH region companies’ agendas, one of the main challenges continues to be the directive – or rather the lack thereof.
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The ESG debate: Balancing growth and risk
As part of an ongoing series of thought leadership roundtables and webinars we have been hosting with Paul Hastings before, during and after lockdown, we were delighted to finally have an in-person debate at Paul Hastings’ London office in November. We gathered together leading general counsel (GCs) and Paul Hastings partners to discuss the role …
Sponsored briefing: ESG, the regulatory battle is coming. Are the legal finance teams truly ready?
As the COP26 continues its doings, one of the talks of town in the legal finance world this autumn is that about sustainability. Newspapers open up with announcements about investment funds gone green, social or sustainable, about private equity firms deciding to raise new funds to exclusively invest into climate-related issues, and about companies and …
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Climate change: boardroom heroes
If, as according to Ian Stewart, chief economist at Deloitte, CFO’s believe that climate transition will re-shape the business environment and more than two-thirds expect significant or wholesale change in their own business as a result of the move to net zero, what do CLOs or general counsel think? Earlier in 2021 DAC Beachcroft and …
Interview with… Lawrence S. Elbaum and Patrick Gadson, Co-Chairs of Vinson & Elkins’ Shareholder Activism Practice
Guest post: COP26 heats up and global temperature pledges spur optimism
As the 2021 United Nations Climate Change conference gathers momentum, Tim Baines, counsel in Mayer Brown’s environmental team, finds optimism beyond the platitudes. Now that heads of state have left the building, the COP gets into full business mode with delegates moving between meeting rooms and many having to juggle competing demands on their time. …
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ESG Risk Research Survey Report: 2021
Guest post: Any COP? – mixed messages at UN climate summit as usual platitudes belie call for action
As the 2021 United Nations Climate Change conference enters full swing in Glasgow, Tim Baines, counsel in Mayer Brown’s environmental team, assesses the mood on the ground. Monday (1 November) marked the first day of COP26, also known as the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference. As usual, the conference started with the ritual display of …
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We good corporate citizens – ESG report
‘There is such a sense that we need to walk the walk. More so than I’ve ever seen before. This has captured the attention of many senior management partners. People are now taking ESG and diversity and inclusion as seriously as anything else in the firm.’ The view of Doug Bryden, Travers Smith’s head of …
This time, walk the talk behind the ESG bandwagon
New Law is as a breed still a lot better at promise than delivery, particularly on claims of providing better value than law firms.
The rise of SESG in Latin America
Overshadowed by the pandemic, Latin America’s GDP growth results closed 2020 at nearly -8%, while global GDP growth results closed at -5%. The growth forecast for 2021 is at 4.1%, relying on the vaccination efforts across Latin America countries to combat Covid-19, as well as the many relief packages launched by the world’s biggest economies …