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Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria are at the forefront of corporate strategies, due to investor, customer and regulator expectations. The topic has been gaining momentum and is expected to accelerate in the coming years.

ESG is broadening its scope of influence to cover all economic and policy sectors now. From energy, finance and urban planning to tax – these are just a few of the areas that are being impacted.

We advise clients – from multinationals to start ups – in all sectors and areas of ESG-related law, including future mobility, climate change strategies, ESG due diligence and risk assessments, corporate digital responsibility, sustainable supply chains, whistleblowing, ESG funds and green real estate finance.

At CMS, our approach is integrated and multidisciplinary – this enables us to anticipate and understand the issues in the rapidly evolving ESG landscape which in turn allows us to develop innovative solutions for and with our clients.

With their in-depth expertise in these areas, our teams of lawyers around the world identify risks and threats while seizing opportunities arising from the increasing focus on ESG for our clients.

Our aim is to help our clients successfully meet the demands of climate change, technological disruption, urbanisation and social concerns.

Please contact any of our ESG lawyers to explore solutions to your needs.

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Clean Energy, Environment & Climate Change
With more than 450 lawyers in 75 offices across the globe, our Energy & Climate Change Group is one of the largest of its kind.It was founded on groun
Governance, Risk & Compliance - GRC
Companies across all sectors and of all sizes are facing increasing pressure from investors, customers and regulators to comply with environmental, so
Social / Human rights
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies often concentrate more on environmental issues. However, social factors are increasingly import
Sustainable Finance
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are integral parts of sustainable economic development and play an increasingly important ro

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04/11/2021
Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Claims and Gre­en­wash­ing we­bin­ar
Join CMS we­bin­ar on Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Claims and Gre­en­wash­ing, which will be presen­ted by the CMS Con­sumer Products Sec­tor Group mem­bers Nikolas Gregor from our Ger­man prac­tice, Stu­art Helmer from our UK...
12/10/2021
Leg­al guide for com­pany dir­ect­ors and CEOs in France
ESG ob­lig­a­tion for Dir­ect­ors and CEOs 1. Do ex­ist­ing dir­ect­ors’ du­ties con­tain ob­lig­a­tions that ap­ply to mat­ters that could be cat­egor­ised as an ESG con­sid­er­a­tion, e.g. the en­vir­on­ment, em­ploy­ee...
04/10/2021
Why ESG has be­come a key is­sue for em­ploy­ers?
I. What is ESG ? How does ESG im­pact busi­ness? ESG refers to En­vir­on­ment­al, So­cial and Cor­por­ate gov­ernance con­sid­er­a­tions in re­la­tion to busi­ness and fin­an­cial in­vest­ments. This is a tool for busi­nesses...
22/09/2021
EU Green Deal, sus­tain­ab­il­ity and com­pet­i­tion law: European Com­mis­sion’s...
In Decem­ber 2019, the European Com­mis­sion presen­ted the “European Green Deal”, which com­mits to cli­mate neut­ral­ity by 2050. EU Mem­ber States prom­ised to re­duce emis­sions by at least 55% by 2030, com­pared...
31/08/2021
Re­ima­gin­ing Trans­port: Hy­dro­gen Trains
In the first in our Re­ima­gin­ing Trans­port series, we look at the po­ten­tial for hy­dro­gen powered trains to be­come a part of the rail net­work’s move to net-zero. Already in op­er­a­tion in se­lect rail lines...
12/08/2021
Im­port­ant con­sulta­tion on clas­si­fic­a­tion, la­belling and pack­aging of sub­stances...
Over­view Un­til 15 Novem­ber 2021 the European Com­mis­sion (“Com­mis­sion”) is con­sult­ing on pro­posed re­vi­sions to Reg­u­la­tion (EC) 1272/2008 on the clas­si­fic­a­tion, la­belling and pack­aging of sub­stances...
30/07/2021
Plastics and pack­aging laws in France
1. What is the gen­er­al le­gis­lat­ive frame­work reg­u­lat­ing pack­aging and plastic waste in your jur­is­dic­tion? Waste pre­ven­tion and man­age­ment is reg­u­lated by French En­vir­on­ment­al Code (FEC), as mod­i­fied...
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06/07/2021
What to ex­pect from the European Com­mis­sion’s re­vised Cli­mate, En­ergy and...
On 7 June 2021, the European Com­mis­sion has launched a pub­lic con­sulta­tion in­vit­ing in­ter­ested parties to com­ment on the draft Guidelines on state aid for cli­mate, en­vir­on­ment­al pro­tec­tion and en­ergy...
30/06/2021
The European Com­mis­sion in­vests EUR 14.7 bil­lion to ac­cel­er­ate eco­lo­gic­al...
The European Com­mis­sion has ad­op­ted its main work pro­gram for the “Ho­ri­zon Europe” pro­gram, with a budget of EUR 100 bil­lion for the peri­od 2021-2027. It provides for in­vest­ments for re­search and...
15/06/2021
Road to COP 26: re­ima­gin­ing en­ergy: just trans­ition
As we ap­proach COP 26, there is ex­tens­ive dis­cus­sion of the shift to net zero and how it will be achieved; a large part of this will be the trans­ition from re­li­ance on fossil fuels to a more en­vir­on­ment­ally...
09/04/2021
Green Bond of the De­vel­op­ment Bank of South­ern Africa (DBSA) sub­scribed...
The De­vel­op­ment Bank of South­ern Africa, a South Afric­an de­vel­op­ment fin­ance in­sti­tu­tion, has suc­cess­fully is­sued in Feb­ru­ary 2021 its first green bond. The €200m bond was gov­erned by French law and...
12/12/2019
First Ceetrus Green Bond
Ceetrus, a com­mer­cial real es­tate com­pany and mixed-use real es­tate de­veloper of the Auchan Group, has suc­cess­fully is­sued its first Green Bond placed with in­sti­tu­tion­al in­vestors for a total amount of...