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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 understands the governance factors impacting decisions they are involved in, their rights and responsibilities and the rules of the markets in which they operate.

CMS is advising boards, shareholders, general counsel, managers and entrepreneurs, amongst others, on their roles and responsibilities in ensuring good governance. Whether you are considering local environmental legislation, personal liability of directors, equal compensation for all or use of data, we have the right experts to guide you to best practice.

CMS governance resources include


Highlights of our governance experience includes:

MEES - are the regulations working?
MEES is a flagship policy to help the UK meet its net zero targets. MEES returns over 50million hits on Google, so it is undoubtedly a widely discussed piece of legislation that should play a major role in reducing the carbon footprint of the non-domestic property stock in the UK. But is there sufficient bite to these regulations? 
Why CMS for ESG legal advice?
Why CMS? In short, because we have the right experience, the right approach and the right ambition. Securing a sustainable future for our clients The firm’s international scope, sectoral focus and...
ESG factors have moved from being a niche concern to a strategic board level priority across all sectors and jurisdictions. Whether a business is a financial institution, an energy company, or a tech start-up – all companies with a future must now focus on ESG as a business imperative. 


Improving energy efficiency of care home stock - practical steps for landlords
Improving the energy efficiency of existing real estate stock is a key part of any landlord’s strategy for its portfolio. However, in the social care sector it appears that some investors are behind the curve when compared with institutional landlords in the retail and office sectors, where green lease clauses are standard together with an ESG strategy. 
Healthy Horizons Webinar Series
The Life Sciences & Healthcare sector is under increased scrutiny from an ESG-perspective, with pressure faced in every aspect of the value chain. Healthy Horizons, our practical guide to doing responsible...
Investor Attitudes to ESG Disclosures
One of the biggest challenges with ESG reporting today is understanding what information is required; what investors themselves want to know; what it is that the companies they invest in need to measure;...
Climate-related disclosures – is your business aligned with the TCFD recommendations?
The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (“TCFD”)’s recommendations aim to help organisations disclose clear, comparable, and consistent climate-related financial information. They are supported by organisations worldwide and have been implemented in the UK. The recommendations derive from the growing need for comparable climate-related disclosures and increasing regulation in this area and the inherent focus on social and environmental issues in the Life Sciences & Healthcare sector (“LSHC”) makes these factors particularly important for LSHC businesses to bear in mind.  
Healthy Horizons
The Life Sciences & Healthcare sector is under increased scrutiny from an ESG-perspective, with pressure faced by every aspect of the value chain.  The attention on each of the three pillars of ESG provides an opportunity for businesses to demonstrate ESG excellence, create business value through fair and responsible working practices, and be a lever for growth as well as societal good. Our practical guide on responsible business within the Life Sciences & Healthcare sector is accessible on this page.  Our Healthy Horizons content will be made available as it is published, exploring topics ranging from governance, sustainable finance & responsible investment in the sector to responsible approaches to marketing, risk & reputation.  If there is a topic you’d like to discuss further, please do get in touch.  We advise our Life Sciences & Healthcare clients – from multinationals to start ups – in all areas of ESG-related law and would be delighted to speak.
A Look at the Engine for ESG: Finance
Between sus­tain­ab­il­ity-linked loans and, more recently, green bonds, the finance world has been one of the early adopters and promoters of the ESG movement. We spoke with CMS Partners Ana Radnev, Cristina...
CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, staying ahead of the curve and knowing what’s next for your business or sector is essential. At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your legal advisers but also as your business partners. We work together with you to not only resolve current issues but to anticipate future challenges and innovate to meet them. With our latest publication, CMS Next, our experts will regularly offer you insights into and fresh perspectives on a range of issues that businesses have to deal with – from ESG agendas to restructuring after the pandemic or facing the digital transformation. We will also share with you more about the work that we are doing for our clients, helping them innovate, grow and mitigate risk. To be able to provide you with the best support, we immerse ourselves in your world to understand your legal needs and challenges. However, it is equally important that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we invite you to meet our experts and catch a glimpse of what is happening inside CMS. Enjoy reading this publication, which we will update regularly with new content. CMS Executive Team
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The S in ESG: The role of HR
As ESG becomes an increasingly important factor for organisations, what role can HR play in shaping the ESG agenda? In our guide the employment team discuss the S in ESG and the role of HR.