ESG, sustainability and responsible business

Responsible business, sustainable business, ESG (environmental, social, governance) – however you choose to term it – is moving up the boardroom agenda across sectors.

There is a rapidly growing recognition that value is about more than pure financial returns and businesses are grappling with many overlapping themes. They are decarbonising and engaging with the transition to a net zero economy. They are investigating their supply chains and focussing on human rights and labour abuses. They are valuing their people – their human capital. They are putting these factors at the heart of their strategy and governance structures.

Working out how your business should approach ESG, what good looks in terms of actions and transparency, what the expectations and obligations on your business are and how they are going to change is not easy.  There is a fast developing body of universal, and sector and issue specific, guidance and a variety of differing schemes and frameworks, using different metrics and disclosures. This is being reinforced by laws coming on line in a number of areas that impose at least base level requirements that may need to be accounted for in your ESG approach. There are many moving parts and no one size fits all.

Osborne Clarke has the people and the tools to help you. Find out more about the ESG agenda and how Osborne Clarke can help.


Integrating ESG: why it matters and six practical steps for fund managers

Fund managers are looking increasingly to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into their strategy and operations. This entails a shift for many managers who need to consider the...

Written on: 7 May 2021


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Corporate governance: what you need to know

In this Insight we provide a round-up of recent and upcoming corporate governance changes and guidance covering: FRC guidance on "comply or explain" reporting; shareholder priorities; independent board evaluations; executive...

Written on: 24 Mar 2021


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Funds Legal Update | March 2021

With 10 March 2021 scored into the diaries of many asset managers, the European supervisory authorities (ESAs) have provided guidance on their regulatory expectations around the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation...

Written on: 4 Mar 2021


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Funding the transition to a low carbon future: beyond the regulations

A crucial challenge for the decarbonisation of the economy is the funding of the transition to a low carbon future. Aside from regulatory compliance, what should participants in UK financings...

Written on: 25 Feb 2021


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Funds Legal Update | 10 February 2021

It is only a matter of weeks until the first set of disclosure obligations kick in under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), and the funds industry is gearing up...

Written on: 10 Feb 2021


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ESG | The view from Europe

In the US, the new administration has already committed to sustainability, requiring action on emissions reductions and deep structural change from America's industrial and energy base. In Europe, the ESG...

Written on: 9 Feb 2021


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