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Environmental, Social and Governance

Today’s investors are looking for ways to put their capital to work in a sustainable way, one focused on avoiding harm to people and the planet and creating long-term value through socially desirable activities.

Financial services, insurance and other professionals must now find their way around a rapidly evolving landscape of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and assess businesses according to their ESG characteristics in order to support investors who wish to make socially responsible investment decisions. Allen & Overy has the subject matter expertise to guide you safely through the increasingly legal ESG landscape.

Our ESG team’s advice is informed by decades of collective experience in environmental, social and governance matters, and by tracking the latest developments in ESG-related regulation and litigation around the world.  We bring together global expertise in specialist practice areas in Environmental Law, Business and Human Rights, Sustainable Finance, Corporate Governance, Employee Engagement and Data protection and Cybersecurity, as well as Consulting Services.

The group's experience will enable you to take advantage of ESG-related business opportunities by helping you find ways to integrate ESG factors into your due diligence practices, portfolio analysis and investment decisions; design and roll out financial products that have a positive social or environmental impact; and monitor and report on your successes in a manner that meets regulatory requirements. 

We can also help you navigate the ESG landscape and help you find ways to identify risks across your portfolio; avoid involvement in adverse ESG impacts; assess the ESG related credit and other risks of your potential clients; gain a competitive advantage as regulation and litigation develops; design and roll out compliance processes and contractual mechanisms to mitigate risks; and obtain assurance and develop reports on your ESG performance. 

News & insights

Publications: 04 JUNE 2021

Dutch Court orders Shell to reduce CO2 emissions by 45%

On 26 May 2021, the Court of The Hague rendered a landmark decision in proceedings between Milieudefensie (a.o.) and Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS). Milieudefensie claimed, in short, that RDS must reduce…

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News: 14 APRIL 2021

Allen & Overy signs the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations: The Green Pledge

Allen & Overy is proud to have signed the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations: The Green Pledge, and in doing so formally commits its International Arbitration Group to reducing its environmental…

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News: 02 APRIL 2021

A&O to host a virtual conference on the global transition to a sustainable economy

The transition of the economy to align with the Paris Agreement aims and the UN Sustainable Development Goals is set to dominate the next decade.

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Publications: 18 MARCH 2021

Framing securities lending for the sustainability era: ISLA-A&O white paper

Sustainability has become a key issue in financial services. In our joint white paper published with the International Securities Lending Association (ISLA), we have examined how securities lending…

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Transition to a sustainable economy

Sustainability and ESG (environment, social and governance) issues are rising to the top of the agenda.

The transition of the economy to align with the Paris Agreement aims and the UN Sustainable Development Goals is set to dominate the next decade. Explore our insights on developments in the key themes in the sustainability transition.

Awards & accolades

  • Best Green/SRI Law Firm, Global Capital Sustainable and Responsible
  • Capital Markets Awards 2017
  • European Regulatory Team of the Year 2018, IFLR Europe 2018
  • Tier One for Disputes Resolution, Chambers Global 2020
  • Tier One for Regulatory – Environment, Chambers Europe-wide 2019
 

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Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) brochure

Learn more about our global expertise in specialist practice areas in Environmental Law, Business and Human Rights, Sustainable Finance, Corporate Governance, Employee Engagement and Data protection and Cybersecurity, as well as Consulting Services.