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Today's business world is highly dynamic and increasingly complex - more technology, more competition and more regulation challenge businesses on an almost daily basis. Another issue is now emerging, driven by a change in societal values: Sustainability. Companies have to align their culture, strategy and business model towards long-term sustainable value creation.

Since investors, shareholders, customers and business partners are also attaching increasing importance to the topics of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG), sustainable management is now a basic prerequisite for corporate success. Integrating sustainability as an integral part of the corporate strategy can help reduce risks in business transactions while improving the resilience of the company - and ultimately lead to healthy growth in the best sense of the word. 

CMS supports its clients to achieve sustainability in their organisations in a variety of ways. We help you incorporate ESG criteria into your business model and establish sustainable governance and business structures, and apply them through appropriate working conditions for your workforce. Together with you, we will analyse the need to adapt your product portfolio, for example if investor requirements or customer demand have changed.

Please feel free to contact us any time about any legal or regulatory issues related to sustainability/ESG in the following areas:

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Environment and Climate Change
Environment & Climate Change
In recent years the awareness of society, companies and politics for climate change and its harmful effects and economic consequences has increased st
Governance & Risk Compliance
Governance & Risk Compliance
In 2018, the European Commission published the Action Plan "Financing Sustainable Growth". Since then, sustainability has also been a central theme in
Social / Human Rights
Social / Human Rights
Compliance with human rights is a high priority and is becoming increasingly important, for example with regard to supply chains and value chains. Com
Sustainable Finance
Sustainable Finance
In December 2019 the European Commission presented the European Green Deal. Herein the European Union stated it would become the first climate-neutral


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