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Environmental Disclosure and Corporate Environmental Transparency

With a mass of new and changing legislation in this area, environmental issues and transparency initiatives continue to be a headline issue for boardrooms.

SEC reporting requirements on environmental issues, new EU transparency requirements and obligations to report on environmental impacts and standards in annual reports, are just a couple of examples.

Allen & Overy’s environmental and regulatory law experts advise on all types of environmental disclosure requirements and associated problems, such as commercial confidentiality. Whether the issue of disclosure arises in respect of a statutory or permit based obligation, as a result of a request from a regulator or even under pressure from interested stakeholders, Allen & Overy’s sector specific knowledge helps clients grappling with the legal and commercial implications, particularly in relation to business sensitive matters.

The ability to obtain information from government and public bodies which may concern your business or the business of others is both a positive and negative development. We can advise on exactly what "freedom of access to information" might mean for you, and how defences, like commercial confidentiality and national security, come into play.

News and insights

Road weaving through the middle of a large, green rainforest

Publications: 26 January 2023

Podcast: Environmental and sustainability outlook 2023

Join our global environmental and sustainability experts as we discuss the trends and outlook across some of our major jurisdictions for 2023. We look at developments across the UK, Europe,…

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Biodiversity; ecosystem protection; CBD COP15; COP26

Blog Post: 21 December 2022

COP15 – A new framework for nature

The path to an agreement has been a long one, requiring the consent of over 190 countries, however, the Global Biodiversity Framework final text has finally been approved.

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Modern office buildings against a blue and sunny sky

Publications: 07 December 2022

Client podcast: AGMs in 2023 – update to Pre-emption Group Statement of Principles

Following publication in October of our client podcast “Annual Reports and AGMs- what you need to know this year” we have produced a supplemental podcast covering the recent update to the Pre-emption…

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overhead shot of a mining quarry

Publications: 24 December 2021

Towards enforcement of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation in Belgium

Although the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation no. 2017/821 of 17 May 20171 (the CMR) entered into force on 1 January 2021, there has been no sign of any national enforcement system in Belgium so far.…

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