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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
the Association of Corporate Counsel
Publication Date
08/13/2020

As a Chief Legal Officer (CLO), how do you mobilize corporate stakeholders around Environmental Sustainability and Governance (ESG) issues? The United Nations Global Compact’s Sustainable Development Goal 16 offers a framework to articulate key ESG goals within and outside your organization.

Resource Details
Interest Area: Environmental
Collection: Sustainability, CLO Toolkit
Region: Global
Audience: CLO / GC
Articles
Author
Latham & Watkins LLP
Publication Date
03/09/2021
3 pages

On March 4, 2021, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the creation of a Climate and ESG Task Force in the Division of Enforcement. According to the SEC, the Task Force will develop initiatives to proactively identify ESG-related misconduct in the form of gaps or misstatements of issuer disclosure by means of the Division’s resources, including the collection of tips and whistleblower complaints and the use of data mining and analysis. The Division of Enforcement’s new Climate and ESG Task Force will use data analysis to mine and evaluate registrant information for possible violations.

Resource Details
Region: United States
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career
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
Will Heath, Partner, and Daisy Mallett, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
Publication Date
04/20/2021
4 pages

New Zealand – in a world first – introduced a bill requiring companies in the financial sector to disclose the impact of climate change on their businesses and how they plan to manage climate-related risks and opportunities. This resource takes a look at how the climate impact disclosure bill could impact businesses based in Australia.

Resource Details
Region: Australia, New Zealand
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career
Articles
Author
Daisy Mallett, Partner, and Will Heath, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
Publication Date
11/09/2020
4 pages

This piece highlights the increasing pressure within Australia on companies to address the issue of climate change. In particular, it highlighted the amount of landmark climate change cases that have been issued in recent months to compel the government or specific directors and officers to compel action on climate change. Indeed, Australia is the second most active jurisdiction for climate change litigation, with the United States being first.

Resource Details
Interest Area: Government, Environmental
Region: Australia
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career
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
Articles
Author
Alexander D. Gonzalez, Esq. and Richard Reich, Esq.
Publication Date
05/26/2021

While the focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues is not new, the importance of reporting and treating ESG as a key component of your business and governance processes has increased in recent years. This article will identify what ESG means from an in-house counsel perspective and steps for developing your company’s ESG program.

Resource Details
Collection: Sustainability
Region: United States
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career, CLO / GC
Checklists
Author
Beveridge & Diamond PC
Publication Date
07/01/2021
3 pages

Increased focus on sustainability and environmental stewardship is changing the legal and regulatory landscape affecting the fashion and textiles industry, providing new challenges for textile and garment manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. This Top Ten provides a list of tips for sustainability professionals to navigate compliance issues throughout their supply chain.

Resource Details
Interest Area: Environmental
Collection: Sustainability
Region: United States
Audience: Mid-Career, New to In-House, Small Law Departments, Large Law Departments
Articles
Author
Leonie Flynn, Expertise Counsel and Clare Lawrence, Partner, Ashurst
Publication Date
04/01/2021
9 pages

This article provides an analysis on the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia’s report, entitled Never Again: Inquiry into the destruction of 46,000 year old caves at the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara region of Western Australia – Interim Report (released on 9 December 2020).

Resource Details
Interest Area: Government, Environmental
Region: Australia
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career
Articles
Author
John Keeves, Partner, Tom Barrett, Senior Associate, Energy & Resources, and Conor Hughes, Law Graduate, Johnson, Winter & Slattery
Publication Date
03/01/2021
3 pages

This article provides an overview of the Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Development Fund, which was launched on 1 March 2021 in order to support the growth of carbon capture, use, and storage opportunities in Australia.

Resource Details
Interest Area: Government, Environmental
Region: Australia
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career, CLO / GC
Articles
Author
Austin Bell, Partner, and Jared McLachlan, Law Graduate, Johnson, Winter & Slattery
Publication Date
09/01/2020
5 pages

This article from September 2020 provides an overview of 2020 regulatory developments, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and the growing importance of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors in asset management.

Resource Details
Region: Australia
Audience: Deputy GC, CLO / GC, Small Law Departments, Large Law Departments
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
Erin Berkowitz, Legal Resources Manager, Association of Corporate Counsel
Publication Date
09/07/2021

This resource is a summary of the Opening Plenary of the Virtual Global General Counsel Summit 2021, titled "Championing Trust in Business in a Brave New World". It contains takeaways distilled from that session's discussion.

Resource Details
Region: Global
Audience: Deputy GC, CLO / GC, Small Law Departments, Large Law Departments
Articles
Author
Thomson Reuters
Publication Date
07/29/2021
3 pages

Law firms and their client companies have been adjusting their long-term growth strategies to more fully address environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues, particularly to help organizations improve their own sustainability and communicate their societal impact. Learn how to incorporate these values and systems into your work.

Resource Details
Region: Global
Audience: Deputy GC, CLO / GC
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
Articles
Author
Global Legal Group
Publication Date
09/21/2021
152 pages

In this multi-jurisdictional guide, explore an overview of key legal issues, rules and developments regarding renewable energy across a range of jurisdictions.

Resource Details
Region: Global, Australia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Malta, Mexico, Oman, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Zimbabwe
Audience: Small Law Departments, Large Law Departments
Articles
Author
Meg Lee, Partner, Hall & Wilcox
Publication Date
05/03/2021
4 pages

A new era in environmental law in Victoria will be introduced when significant amendments to the Environment Protection Act 2017 come into force on 1 July 2021. It heralds a renewed focus on risk identification and management and new obligations to minimise impacts on human health as well as the environment.

Resource Details
Interest Area: Environmental
Region: Australia
Audience: Small Law Departments, Large Law Departments
Program Materials
Author
the Association of Corporate Counsel
Publication Date
11/03/2021

Keep learning with an ACC-curated selection of resources on hot topics.

Articles
Author
Lori Middlehurst, APAC Employment Counsel, Salesforce
Publication Date
01/07/2020

The Fair Work Ombudsman has posted the following information sheet on their website https://www.fairwork.gov.au/how-we-will-help/templates-and-guides/fact-sheets/rights-and-obligations/employment-conditions-during-natural-disasters-and-emergencies but it is important for especially larger employers to understand that these are the minimum requirements and there are opportunities to provide other sorts of assistance as well.

Resource Details
Collection: Sustainability
Region: Australia
Articles
Publication Date
02/07/2022

Explore ACC's selection of global, regional, and country-focused resources to help in-house counsel navigate legal, business and career issues arising from the COVID-19 (coronavirus / 2019-nCov) crisis.

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
Articles
Author
Carolyn Frantz, Senior Counsel, Shannon Yavorsky, Partner, Heather Sussman, Partner, Ryan McKenney, Associate, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Publication Date
03/17/2022
3 pages

In this article, learn five best practices that shareholders, customers, and ESG rating agencies focus on when assessing a company’s ESG fitness as it relates to data privacy and security, and the steps companies can take now to improve their compliance posture in this important area.

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.

Articles
Author
Jonathan Carr, Partner, Lewis Silkin LLP 
Publication Date
03/15/2022
2 pages

As organizations try to find ways to reduce carbon emissions and adopt more sustainable practices, template employment contracts are probably not the first place you would think to look. This article considers what changes you could make to template employment contracts to help meet your sustainability commitments.

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.

Resource Details
Region: Global, Asia, Hong Kong
Articles
Author
Lauren Hopkins, Principal, Brook Detterman, Principal, Leah Dundon, Of Counsel, and Kristin Gruver, Associate, Beveridge & Diamond PC
Publication Date
03/22/2022
3 pages

In this resource, Beveridge & Diamond covers the recent proposed rules on climate-related disclosures voted on by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Resource Details
Interest Area: Environmental
Region: United States
Audience: Mid-Career, New to In-House, Small Law Departments, Large Law Departments
Articles
Author
Maddie Bayer, Principal, Rob Brager, Principal, David Friedland, Principal, Laura McAfee, Principal, Allyn Stern, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond PC
Publication Date
03/24/2022
3 pages

In this resource, Beveridge & Diamond outlines ten strategic considerations in responding to a 114 request.

Resource Details
Interest Area: Environmental
Region: United States
Audience: Mid-Career, New to In-House, Small Law Departments, Large Law Departments
Articles
Author
Latham & Watkins
Publication Date
04/06/2022
14 pages

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) proposed climate disclosure rule, approved by a 3–1 vote on March 21, 2022, is the agency’s most significant regulatory undertaking in more than a decade. In this resource, learn more about how the decision can impact all domestic registrants and foreign private issuers.

Resource Details
Region: United States
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career
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