Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria are at the forefront of corporate strategies due to investor, customer and regulator expectations. ESG is broadening its scope of influence to cover all economic and policy sectors. 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:

At CMS, our approach is integrated and multidisciplinary. This enables us to anticipate and understand the issues in the rapidly evolving ESG landscape. 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.

We will help you successfully meet the demands of climate change, technological disruption, urbanisation and social concerns.

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Climate Risk, Resilience & Reputation
The threat of climate change litigation continues to grow as the clamour for responsible action puts increasing pressure on businesses, organisations
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Energy and Climate Change
The biggest medium and long-term issue of our time is how to meet our energy needs in a way that sustains the future of the planet, while also sustain
Environmental Impact
The imperative for climate change has led businesses to explore opportunities, address their impact on the environment and monitor relevant regulation
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Good governance will ensure the efficient running of a business, support from investors and consumer confidence. It is vital that every stakeholder un
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The social element of ESG encompasses an organisation’s relationships with its people, suppliers and communities. Investors, and the market generally,
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Sustainable Finance
Sustainable Finance and Responsible Investment is an issue of global importance which is front and centre of political, legal and market priorities. A

ESG contacts at CMS

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Spot­light on UK Design Law: Part 3 – ‘Over­lap between copy­right and designs’
The UKIPO re­cog­nises that there is a lack of clar­ity on the ex­tent of over­lap between copy­right and design law, and how they should co-ex­ist. In par­tic­u­lar, the Call for Views notes the un­cer­tainty as...
Con­sulta­tion on pro­posed long-term en­vir­on­ment­al tar­gets in Eng­land ex­ten­ded...
DE­FRA is cur­rently con­sult­ing on pro­pos­als for a series of leg­ally-bind­ing, long-term en­vir­on­ment­al tar­gets in Eng­land. In ac­cord­ance with the En­vir­on­ment Act 2021 (the “Act”), the Sec­ret­ary of State...
DEBRA – The new EU tax ini­ti­at­ive aim­ing at pro­mot­ing a fair and sus­tain­able...
With­in the EU a wide­spread asym­metry ex­ists between debt and equity fin­an­cing. Usu­ally, in­terest is tax de­duct­ible from the cor­por­ate in­come tax base while di­vidends do not be­ne­fit from such ad­vant­age...
FCA Rules on Di­versity and In­clu­sion
On 20 April 2022, the FCA pub­lished PS22/3, set­ting out its policy state­ment and fi­nal rules on di­versity and in­clu­sion on com­pany boards and ex­ec­ut­ive man­age­ment (Policy State­ment) build­ing on the pro­pos­als...
Queen's Speech an­nounces in­tro­duc­tion of Mod­ern Slavery Bill
It’s been over 2 years since the gov­ern­ment an­nounced its pro­pos­als to make changes to the trans­par­ency in sup­ply chain re­quire­ments un­der the Mod­ern Slavery Act 2015, but it has now pro­posed the Mod­ern...
All wrapped up!
CMS Scot­land and Food & Drink Fed­er­a­tion Scot­land are host­ing a we­bin­ar on 8th June look­ing at the key prac­tic­al is­sues and op­por­tun­it­ies fa­cing busi­nesses arising from changes to plastics, pack­aging...
Cli­mate Trans­ition Plans: UK call for evid­ence launched
Un­til 13 Ju­ly 2022 com­ments are sought on the ap­proach to be ad­op­ted for cli­mate trans­ition plans for UK com­pan­ies and fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tions. Launched by the Trans­ition Plan Taskforce (‘TPT’), man­dated...
Plastics and pack­aging: more change ahead
The per­vas­ive nature of plastics has at­trac­ted sig­nificant con­sumer, me­dia and le­gis­lat­ive in­terest over re­cent years. Present ne­go­ti­ations at UN level sup­ple­ment more loc­al de­vel­op­ments on pack­aging...
SF­DR con­tin­ues to evolve: more gran­u­lar dis­clos­ures to be pro­posed on in­vest­ments’...
Fin­an­cial products with ex­pos­ures in fossil gas and nuc­le­ar en­ergy are likely to have more gran­u­lar re­port­ing re­quire­ments un­der the Sus­tain­able Fin­ance Dis­clos­ure Reg­u­la­tion (“SF­DR”). The European...
SF­DR’s Prin­cip­al Ad­verse Im­pacts In­dic­at­ors on course to change
The European Com­mis­sion has giv­en the European Su­per­vis­ory Au­thor­it­ies (“ES­As”) a man­date to re­view the SF­DR Del­eg­ated Reg­u­la­tion in­dic­at­ors for prin­cip­al ad­verse im­pact and the fin­an­cial product...
ESG: The E from a people per­spect­ive
Of­ten em­ploy­ment law is ahead of the curve but, while green leases and green loan agree­ments are, for ex­ample, be­com­ing com­mon in oth­er parts of the leg­al world, green em­ploy­ment con­tract clauses or HR...
ESG: Re­ima­gin­ing The In­vest­ment Land­scape
CEE Leg­al Mat­ters spoke with CMS Part­ners Al­ex­an­der Rakosi, Horea Popes­cu, Phil­ipp Mark, and Tetyana Dovgan about the im­pact the rise of ESG is hav­ing on the M&A land­scape.“ESG is get­ting at the top...