By bringing the firm’s corporate governance, international trade, products liability, intellectual property, environmental, finance, corporate, and labor practice capabilities and experience together, Alston & Bird is able to customize our corporate social responsibility and sustainability services to match the specific needs of our clients, creating legal strategies and business policies that incorporate respect for human rights and comply with emerging environmental, social, and safety standards. Alston & Bird’s interdisciplinary team helps clients evaluate current policies and standards, manage emerging risks, navigate climate change issues (including federal and state programs), capitalize on new opportunities (including renewable energy and clean technologies), understand and benefit from emissions trading programs, audit current practices, and develop new sustainability initiatives.
The group’s attorneys have extensive capabilities and experience, including environmental auditing; regulatory compliance; SB 657 (California Transparency in Supply Chain Act); UK Modern Slavery Act; conflict minerals reporting; supply chain transparency and designing supply controls of gray market and counterfeiting; brownfields and Superfund laws, including cost recovery; construction issues, such as green building design and LEED certification; real estate and zoning; energy and utilities law, including siting, permitting, contracting, and other incentives; environmental due diligence; water and air quality; waste reduction, minimization, and recycling; shareholder concerns on social and environmental impacts, including disclosure of climate-related risks under U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules; research and development on emerging technologies; natural resource damage laws; climate change law and policy; reduction in greenhouse gas emissions; reforestation and carbon crediting projects; tax incentives, including conservation easements; and unique financing opportunities.
Environmental, Social & Governance Advisory Group
Alston & Bird’s team of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) lawyers helps boards of directors and managers of public companies understand the evolving ESG landscape, including the growing prominence of ESG investing, environmental and social risk and compliance, and the road ahead for investors and companies as they align their business objectives for profit and purpose.
As investors increasingly incorporate ESG criteria into their investment assessments and valuation decisions, we guide you to implement strong sustainability programs that serve as key indicators of reliable financial performance. We also help you meet public demand from institutional investors and regulators for enhanced ESG disclosure results, whether in the form of stand-alone corporate social responsibility reports or alongside quarterly and annual financial reporting obligations.
The increased focus on ESG presents unique opportunities and challenges for investors and business. The collective skills of our lawyers and policy advisors, who have decades of experience advising on issues related to the EPA, litigation, green funds, and board governance, make our team well positioned to advise you on fulfilling your corporate ESG commitments.