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.


Responsible Business Update | February 2020

Welcome to the latest edition of Responsible Business Update – our newsletter covering sustainable business and ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) legal and regulatory issues. In this edition, we step back...

Written on: 6 Feb 2020


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The tone from the top | Responsible business initiatives from Davos set the policy agenda

  One of the lasting images of last week's World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos – a gathering of industry leaders and politicians – was of a meeting between a...

Written on: 4 Feb 2020


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Sustainability Linked Loans on the rise in 2020

2019 was a boom year for the growth of Sustainability Linked Loans. Here, we explore why they are so popular, and what 2020 holds for this relatively new kid on...

Written on: 4 Feb 2020


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Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting: a step-change in environmental transparency requirements for large businesses

Sustainability reporting measures brought in at the start of the financial year will require large UK businesses to disclose for the first time details on their annual energy use and...

Written on: 4 Feb 2020


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Impact investing – Investing for a positive impact

On 22 January we hosted a thought-provoking debate on "Investing for a positive impact". Keynote speaker Maggie Loo (Bridges Fund Management Limited) and our expert panellists Ed Rowberry (Bristol &...

Written on: 29 Jan 2020


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Responsible Business Update | October 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of Responsible Business Update – our newsletter covering sustainable business and ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) legal and regulatory issues. In this edition, we examine global...

Written on: 24 Oct 2019


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