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ESG – Environmental, social and governance

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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09/11/2022
The ESG chal­lenge is a drive to­wards in­nov­a­tion
This in­ter­view with Ag­nieszka Skoru­p­in­ska first ap­peared in the Fu­ture of Emer­ging Europe: Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Re­port 2022.  A copy of the full re­port is also avail­able to ac­cess here. The ESG chal­lenge is a drive to­wards in­nov­a­tion Due to a vari­ety of his­tor­ic­al factors, sus­tain­ab­il­ity is­sues have con­sti­tuted a sig­ni­fic­ant chal­lenge for the emer­ging Europe re­gion. After the fall of the Ber­lin wall, the situ­ation with re­spect to fore­most en­vir­on­ment­al and so­cial is­sues was dif­fi­cult. The fore­go­ing was es­pe­cially ap­par­ent with re­spect to en­vir­on­ment­al mat­ters as the pre­ser­va­tion of the en­vir­on­ment and its pos­sible im­pact on hu­man health was not a pri­or­ity for the rel­ev­ant au­thor­it­ies and busi­ness dur­ing the com­mun­ist peri­od. While there were many in­dus­tri­al plants in CEE at that time, their equip­ment was out­dated and they were nev­er ser­i­ously re­quired to cut down their en­vir­on­ment­al im­pact. 
09/11/2022
ESG and the en­ergy sec­tor
This art­icle first ap­peared in the Fu­ture of Emer­ging Europe: Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Re­port 2022.  A copy of the full re­port is also avail­able to ac­cess here.De­vel­op­ments in ESG is­sues in emer­ging Europe’s en­ergy sec­tor con­tin­ue apace. En­ergy gen­er­a­tion com­pan­ies, gov­ern­ments, loc­al au­thor­it­ies and con­sumers are all af­fected by the drive to­wards a fu­ture that is less re­li­ant on fossil fuels.
09/11/2022
ESG and the fu­ture of work
This art­icle first ap­peared in the Fu­ture of Emer­ging Europe: Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Re­port 2022. A copy of the full re­port is also avail­able to ac­cess here.ESG is­sues are hav­ing a grow­ing im­pact on how we all work. But what de­vel­op­ments are com­pan­ies im­ple­ment­ing in re­ac­tion to this dy­nam­ic en­vir­on­ment, and what changes might em­ploy­ees have to face in the fu­ture?
09/11/2022
ESG in emer­ging Europe hub
The fo­cus on ESG (en­vir­on­ment­al, so­cial and gov­ernance) in emer­ging Europe has in­creased not­ably fol­low­ing the EU tax­onomy com­ing in­to force at the be­gin­ning of 2022. EU-driv­en ini­ti­at­ives, in­clud­ing policies com­ing out of the European Green Deal (EGD) to fight cli­mate change have star­ted af­fect­ing the in­dustry, and with tight­en­ing reg­u­la­tion as well as re­port­ing and com­pli­ance ob­lig­a­tions, there is cer­tainly more to come. 
09/11/2022
Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care For­um 2022: The Life Sci­ences sec­tor...
The open­ing of COP27 has brought an in­tense glob­al fo­cus on cli­mate change and the tower­ing de­mands needed to reach car­bon net zero and to pro­tect the en­vir­on­ment. United Na­tions Gen­er­al Sec­ret­ary Ant­o­nio...
02/11/2022
Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care For­um 2022: The leg­al sec­tor has a key...
The United Na­tions has pledged to use its pur­chas­ing fire­power to ac­cel­er­ate sus­tain­ab­il­ity along the health­care sup­ply chan­nel and called on the leg­al sec­tor to sup­port its ef­forts. Law­yers are crit­ic­al...
12/10/2022
USB-type C Stand­ard for port­able devices in the EU
On 4 Oc­to­ber 2022, the European Par­lia­ment ad­op­ted a pro­posed law that means by the end of 2024, there will be one single char­ger for all mo­bile phones, tab­lets, di­git­al cam­er­as, head­phones, head­sets...
28/09/2022
CMS Green Globe
Stay in­formed about the latest sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims trends and de­vel­op­ments CMS Green Globe is an in­ter­act­ive plat­form that al­lows busi­nesses and cli­ents to stay aware and duly in­formed about all the main rap­idly chan­ging trends and de­vel­op­ments re­lated to sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims across the world.Here you will find in­form­a­tion on reg­u­la­tion and de­vel­op­ments you need to know when ad­vert­ising and mar­ket­ing your busi­ness or product by us­ing sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims as well as our key ex­perts to sup­port you in nav­ig­at­ing the world of such claims.CMS Green Globe helps you to avoid gre­en­wash­ing your con­sumer in your jur­is­dic­tion as well as across the globe. Dis­cov­er CMS Green Globe Best ex­plored on desktop
27/07/2022
In­vest­ing and Do­ing Busi­ness in Ukraine 2022
Com­piled with the be­ne­fit of the ex­per­i­ence of part­ners at CMS Camer­on McK­enna Nabarro Olswang Ukraine, this ex­tens­ive guide cov­ers over 25 sec­tors and in­dus­tries and key im­pacts of the war on busi­ness in Ukraine.
24/06/2022
Reg­u­la­tion on for­eign sub­sidies is head­ing for the fin­ish line - European...
Since 5 May 2022, EU tri­logue ne­go­ti­ations have been un­der­way on the first Reg­u­la­tion to lim­it the ef­fect of sub­sidies from third coun­tries to com­pan­ies act­ive in the EU. That an agree­ment will be reached...
01/06/2022
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
20/05/2022
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...