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Lesley Booth

Bishop & Sewell

ESG and its impact on the commercial property sector

In recent years, the appetite for tracking and prioritizing ESG factors in commercial property has dramatically expanded. International acceptance of climate change and the material risks associated with it has driven up investment in green buildings and clean energy infrastructure, writes Thom Wilkinson, a Partner in Bishop & Sewell’s Property and Environmental Law team.
May 2, 2023

Assessing the ‘G’ in ESG

ESG and good Governance have become essential tools for sustainable value growth. But Governance in particular has proven elusive to measure. That’s a challenge because good governance is the foundation for competitive success, value growth, environmental sustainability and social responsibility.
October 18, 2022
The Business Times

Does ESG investing have a sustainable future?

Heatwaves have meanwhile enveloped Europe and the US this year, with Southern Europe hit by wildfires as temperatures pushed above 40 Celsius. The US has reported deaths from the punishing weather. Global crop yields are being hurt, while biodiversity is under siege. The cause? Scientists have determined it to be climate change.
August 16, 2022
ESG Awards

The ESG Awards 2022

The ESG Awards showcase the best ESG performance in line with the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Why Enter?  An important part of ESG is communicating your success to your stakeholders. These awards will create a competitive and transparent forum for companies to compare and celebrate their ESG improvement and performance against their peers. The ESG Awards Timeline:  Early Deadline: Friday 16th September Final Deadline: Friday 7th October Shortlist Announcement: Wednesday 26th October Virtual Awards Ceremony: Wednesday 9th November View Categories View Judges Download Entry Kit
July 28, 2022
Szilvia Turi and Emma Ritchie, Graduate Intern Researchers at The ESG Foundation

ESG: Is there still a problem with the ’Social’ profile of the fashion industry? The EU thinks there is

s the clothing industry has shifted from local sourcing and manufacturing to global and very complex supply chains there has been a serious concern about human rights. During the ‘90s many European and American brands started to outsource their manufacturing to China which is a practice that nowadays is associated with cheaper production costs in developing countries.
June 1, 2022
Vanguard UK Advisers

Understanding investors’ ESG goals

Investors interested in environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing have a rapidly growing range of products to choose from, with the number available in the UK more than doubling over the past five years. With this expanding universe comes a growing need for advice on ESG options, with the topic coming up in roughly one in five conversations with advisers. There are many different ways to reflect ESG considerations through investment products and processes. These range from stewardship (the promotion of effective company governance through activities such as engagement and voting) and ESG integration (the inclusion of material ESG information…
May 22, 2022
The National Law Review

SEC Climate and ESG Task Force Issues its first enforcement action

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) brought a 76-page complaint in federal district court against Vale, S.A., a Brazilian mining company, alleging that Vale “ma false and misleading claims about the safety of its dams.”  Significantly, Vale “regularly misled local governments, communities, and investors about the safety of the Brumadinho dam through its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) disclosures.”    
May 7, 2022
Alex Hindson

Looking at ESG through a risk management lens

Environmental, Social and Governance, or “ESG” risks are amongst the most topical and widely discussed within any organization’s risk profile currently. A significant focus has been placed by governments and regulators on climate change risk, but the scope of ESG risks faced by most organizations are much broader and more complex than that. How do these ESG risks differ from any other enterprise risks? They have several interesting facets: The perception of the risk issues may vary significantly for different stakeholdersShareholders and Non-Governmental Organizations (“NGOs”) may perceive new products in quite different waysThe nature of the risks are changing quite…
February 21, 2022