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Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

V&E’s Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) team is dedicated to helping companies proactively understand and manage ESG risk factors within their supply chains. By equipping our clients with the right resources, we believe we can help organizations build long-term ESG strategies and an empowered message to investors and stakeholders. Covering a range of topics from sustainability, climate change, corporate social responsibility, human rights, cybersecurity, investor relations, and more, our ESG practitioners are committed to narrowing the scope of this area into practical, legal guidance for companies working to better understand ESG.

 Recent Insights

S&P Launches Forward-Looking ESG Benchmark

On April 12, 2019, S&P Global Ratings (S&P) announced the launch of “ESG Evaluation,” a new benchmark designed to evaluate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.


The New Governance: Navigating the Rising ESG Tide Presentation

V&E climate change, international human rights and governance professionals provide practical guidance for companies facing exponentially growing ESG demands and expectations.


Cyber-Governance: Legal Considerations for Cyber Disclosure and Preparedness Presentation

This program breaks down recent developments, and helps listeners identify key areas of risk and liability, develop and implement a compliant information security program, prepare for any cyber-event, and communicate their risks and readiness with key stakeholders.


A Tide Is Rising and It’s Called ESG

A major challenge for corporate executives today is the rising tide of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing. Unlike most tides, ESG does not appear to be receding.


The Edison Electric Institute ESG/Sustainability Reporting Template: A Model For Other Industries

EEI’s member companies are leading the transformation to a lower-carbon economy through major capital investments in cleaner energy and smarter energy infrastructure.


V&E+: Being the “S” in ESG: Tom Wilson Works to Make International Human Rights Everyone’s Business

A once niche approach to investing has gone increasingly mainstream: Many investors are weighing environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors as they evaluate public companies.


The Sustainability Report Heard Round the World?

On March 9, 2018, UBS filed a Form 6-K with the SEC enclosing its EU-required corporate sustainability report. This filing marks a significant moment in the rapidly changing world of environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) disclosures as it effectively declares climate and sustainability reporting to be material.


Is Sustainability and Climate Reporting Material?

ESG reporting has been carried out for years in a variety of voluntary forums. However, we are now entering a new era where investors are demanding more information on climate and environmental risks, and the lines between financial and non-financial information are becoming blurred.


BlackRock’s 2018 CEO Letter: A New “Sense of Purpose” For Corporate America?

“To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the communitiesin which they operate.”


New Pressure for Energy Over Environment?

A well-worn stereotype portrays American corporations and particularly the energy industry as ambivalent at best about the environment.


Legal Considerations for Corporate Climate Scenario Analysis

This webinar reviewed the major legal risks of under- and over-reporting and discussed how companies can mitigate these risks


A French Revolution in the World of Human Rights Law

Over the last several years, several countries have taken steps to encourage and, to a lesser degree, compel businesses to deal with human rights and environmental issues within their own organizations and in their supply chains.


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