ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance)

ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance)

Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) initiatives present important opportunities for businesses, but they can create significant legal and reputational risks. ESG is global, without borders and often implicates inconsistent or even contradictory regulations in different jurisdictions.

Effective management of inconsistent legal requirements necessitates a holistic understanding of not only potential supply chain issues but also the reporting, regulatory, and reputational impact of the business globally. A coordinated and consistent worldwide plan is critical.

Why retain Jones Day for ESG?

  1. We have a long tradition of advising public and private companies on reporting and regulatory requirements around the world.
  2. Our global transactional experience has enabled us to become one of the leading firms advising on carbon capture, renewable energy and sustainable finance transactions.
  3. In the event that a business finds itself in the crosshairs of regulators or plaintiff attorneys, we have an unparalleled reputation as one of the “fearsome foursome” of litigation powerhouses.

We advise on all of the ESG issues that impact businesses at both global and local levels.

  • Innovative regulatory guidance: Clients routinely seek our advice on carbon credit transactions, green frameworks, ESG disclosures, and risk assessments. Jones Day's lawyers are also renowned for their regulatory innovation when it comes to climate change compliance, risk and litigation.
  • Significant ESG litigation experience: We have significant experience handling some of the most important ESG-related investigations and litigations for our clients in the U.S. and globally, including litigation by governments, municipalities, private plaintiffs, and NGOs asserting climate change, greenwashing, public nuisance, misrepresentation, securities, DE&I, human trafficking, and other ESG-related claims. We draw on our unmatched and decades-long experience in defending clients against such claims in hostile jurisdictions around the world to provide a coordinated response.
  • Global and integrated approach to sustainable finance: We have represented corporate issuers, financial institutions and governmental entities across the globe in numerous sustainable bond/loan issuances.
  • Cutting edge market and industry leading energy transition team: With energy, transactional, finance, regulatory, environmental, construction and disputes lawyers with decades of experience.
  • Cross-disciplinary legal risk assessment and response to complex, evolving issues such as PFAS.