By bringing the firm’s corporate governance, international trade, products liability, intellectual property, environmental 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 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 chain 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 the United States 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.
Bringing Value to Our Clients
Current and future laws effecting corporate social responsibility continue to challenge businesses to change and adapt their production and consumption patterns to sustain business growth and meet the emerging standards for environmental protection and social responsibility. Alston & Bird’s extensive experience in the different legal regimes that regulate or touch upon environmental protection and social responsibility bring added value to a wide range of clients.
Representing multinational companies in drafting supply chain code of conduct policies for compliance with federal and state laws regarding conflict minerals and contracting in Iran.
Counsel multinational companies on website disclosure requirements under state anti-human-trafficking laws.
Prepare SB 657 (California Transparency in Supply Chain Act) disclosure statements, provide defense counsel where Attorney General has taken action, and develop programs for enhanced compliance with SB 657.
Provide compliance counsel with UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015 and develop programs for global supply chain compliance harmonizing requirements across multiple jurisdictions.
Develop programs and controls for greater supply chain transparency and reduction in gray market goods and counterfeiting.