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.


Statements of investment principles: what is changing?

What changed on 1 October 2019? The SIP of a Defined Benefit or a Defined Contribution scheme with 100 or more members must now state the trustees' policy in relation...

Written on: 23 Oct 2019


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Green and pleasant spaces

Wellbeing and the notion of "well buildings" are an emerging influence in the residential real estate sector, as property developers and investors bring an approach already well-established in commercial property...

Written on: 23 Oct 2019


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Tax and the digital economy: latest OECD proposals

Earlier this month the OECD published a proposal for Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) including digital companies to pay tax where they have significant consumer-facing activities. MNEs should be paying attention to...

Written on: 23 Oct 2019


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Osborne Clarke Responsible Business Update | July 2019

Welcome to Responsible Business Update – our new newsletter covering sustainable business and ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) legal and regulatory issues. Responsible business has moved up the boardroom agenda to...

Written on: 22 Jul 2019


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How responsible business is driving the regulatory agenda, and what’s on the horizon

Responsible business, sustainable business, ethical trading, ESG (environmental, social, governance) - however you choose to term it - is moving up the boardroom agenda across sectors. And in turn, the...

Written on: 19 Jul 2019


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Business and Human Rights: is international arbitration the future, and what does it mean for businesses?

Background to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights Businesses, particularly those with a global footprint, can impact people in different communities in many ways, directly and indirectly....

Written on: 19 Jul 2019


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