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ESG – Environmental, social and governance

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria are at the forefront of corporate strategies, due to investor, customer and regulator expectations. The topic has been gaining momentum and is expected to accelerate in the coming years.

ESG is broadening its scope of influence to cover all economic and policy sectors now. From energy, finance and urban planning to tax – these are just a few of the areas that are being impacted.

We advise clients – from multinationals to start ups – in all sectors and areas of ESG-related law, including future mobility, climate change strategies, ESG due diligence and risk assessments, corporate digital responsibility, sustainable supply chains, whistleblowing, ESG funds and green real estate finance.

At CMS, our approach is integrated and multidisciplinary – this enables us to anticipate and understand the issues in the rapidly evolving ESG landscape which in turn allows us to develop innovative solutions for and with our clients.

With their in-depth expertise in these areas, our teams of lawyers around the world identify risks and threats while seizing opportunities arising from the increasing focus on ESG for our clients.

Our aim is to help our clients successfully meet the demands of climate change, technological disruption, urbanisation and social concerns.

Please contact any of our ESG lawyers to explore solutions to your needs.


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25/01/2023
Key out­comes from COP-15
At the end of 2022, the 15th Con­fer­ence of Parties of the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on Bio­lo­gic­al Di­versity cul­min­ated in a new Glob­al Biod­iversity Frame­work to 2030. Twenty three tar­gets re­quire broad...
09/11/2022
Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care For­um 2022: The Life Sci­ences sec­tor...
The open­ing of COP27 has brought an in­tense glob­al fo­cus on cli­mate change and the tower­ing de­mands needed to reach car­bon net zero and to pro­tect the en­vir­on­ment. United Na­tions Gen­er­al Sec­ret­ary Ant­o­nio...
02/11/2022
Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care For­um 2022: The leg­al sec­tor has a key...
The United Na­tions has pledged to use its pur­chas­ing fire­power to ac­cel­er­ate sus­tain­ab­il­ity along the health­care sup­ply chan­nel and called on the leg­al sec­tor to sup­port its ef­forts. Law­yers are crit­ic­al...
14/03/2022
Dir­ect­ive on cor­por­ate sus­tain­ab­il­ity due di­li­gence
In­tro­duc­tion On 23 Feb­ru­ary 2022, the European Com­mis­sion ("EC") ad­op­ted a pro­pos­al for a Dir­ect­ive on cor­por­ate sus­tain­ab­il­ity due di­li­gence (the "Dir­ect­ive"). The EC be­lieves that com­pan­ies play a...
16/12/2021
Car­bon mar­kets and COP26
After six years of ne­go­ti­ation, COP26 re­solved one of the out­stand­ing is­sues of the Par­is Rule­book when it reached a con­sensus on a glob­al car­bon mar­ket mech­an­ism. Art­icle 6 of the Par­is Agree­ment set...
15/12/2021
A role for coal?
The Glas­gow Cli­mate Pact is the first COP de­cision to men­tion coal. This has been widely viewed as a real achieve­ment. Even cam­paign­ers who slam the word­ing of the Pact tend to see the in­clu­sion of coal...
14/12/2021
Fin­an­cing COP 26 out­comes
It was a wa­ter­shed mo­ment, ac­cord­ing to Mark Car­ney. The UN Spe­cial En­voy for Cli­mate Ac­tion and Fin­ance was in­tro­du­cing the Glas­gow Fin­an­cial Al­li­ance for Net Zero (Gfanz): over 450 banks, as­set man­agers...
13/12/2021
Green­house gas re­movals: new tech­no­lo­gies and new mar­kets
“Keep 1.5 de­grees alive” was a com­mon slo­gan at COP26. The Glas­gow Cli­mate Pact which con­cluded the con­fer­ence re­af­firmed the goal, set in the Par­is Agree­ment, to “pur­sue ef­forts to lim­it the tem­per­at­ure...
02/11/2021
The ce­re­mo­ni­al open­ing of COP 26
Sunday morn­ing saw the open­ing of COP26 in Glas­gow. For the next two weeks, glob­al heads of state, cli­mate ex­perts, and civil so­ci­ety will par­ti­cip­ate in a series of talks, ne­go­ti­ations, and events, all...
05/07/2021
Fin­an­cing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment: an Afric­an per­spect­ive
In­tro­duc­tion Sus­tain­able fin­ance is a hot top­ic for in­vestors, banks and cor­por­ates around the world. It is an um­brella term for vari­ous fin­an­cial in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing green bonds and loans, so­cial...
15/06/2021
Road to COP 26: re­ima­gin­ing en­ergy: just trans­ition
As we ap­proach COP 26, there is ex­tens­ive dis­cus­sion of the shift to net zero and how it will be achieved; a large part of this will be the trans­ition from re­li­ance on fossil fuels to a more en­vir­on­ment­ally...