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.


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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Future of work: Osborne Clarke predictions

What will the Future of Work look like? Where will people work? What jobs will they do? What are the implications for real estate? Discover our predictions for the future...

Written on: 2 Feb 2021


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Mandatory climate reporting among new green finance measures

On 9 November the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, outlined the following measures designed to strengthen the UK's credentials as a green finance centre: Introducing the UK's first sovereign green bond by...

Written on: 11 Nov 2020


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Keeping diversity and inclusion on the boardroom agenda: Five actions for employers responding to Covid-19

As employers grapple with the ongoing uncertainties of Covid-19, diversity and inclusion (D&I), which had been high on boardroom agendas, may easily be overlooked. However, with recent reports and government...

Written on: 6 Oct 2020


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New AIFM disclosure requirements on ESG and sustainability

The EU is adopting a package of measures to regulate sustainable finance: the Disclosure Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2019/2088) entered into force in December 2019 and will integrate environmental, social and...

Written on: 12 Feb 2020


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Mark Wesker

Partner, International Sector Leader, Financial Services, UK

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Partner, Head of Decarbonisation, UK

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Associate Director, Co-head of Global Compliance, UK

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Dipika Keen

Head of Business Transactions Knowledge, Co-Lead of Tackling the Carbon Challenge – Policy & Regulation, UK

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