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Business leaders face greater pressure to increase their organizations’ resilience while simultaneously addressing social issues of importance to stakeholders. Our advisory practice helps companies navigate the legal, business and political ramifications of developing and implementing ESG initiatives. We advise on matters such as stakeholder engagement, corporate governance, crisis management, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, ethics and compliance.

Our Practice

Paul, Weiss’s Sustainability and Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Advisory Practice helps clients develop integrated ESG strategies that safeguard corporate reputation, mitigate risk and leverage opportunity. Our multi-disciplinary team helps clients sift through and understand the ramifications of ESG initiatives and improve oversight of the fragmented ecosystem of legal, compliance, operations, public relations, audit and data/analytics functions.

Establishing or refining ESG initiatives can lead to improved corporate culture, increased employee morale, greater customer loyalty and better relations with important stakeholders. At the same time, the heightened visibility and prominence of socially focused initiatives create new economic, legal, political and reputational risks as companies and their directors are held to commitments beyond those dictated by law.

We advise clients – such as public and privately held companies, alternative asset managers, financial services firms and other enterprises – on a full suite of sustainability and ESG reporting, risk and compliance concerns, including in connection with:

  • Comprehensive ESG diligence
  • Corporate governance
  • Crisis management
  • Cybersecurity and data resilience
  • Disaster preparedness and continuity planning
  • Diversity & inclusion in management and boards
  • Engaging with third-party ESG ratings agencies
  • ESG/Sustainability board governance considerations
  • ESG factor integration throughout the investment life cycle
  • ESG-linked credit facilities and principles
  • ESG-related policy and initiative development
  • ESG third-party reporting frameworks
  • Evolving ESG disclosure standards
  • Executive compensation and ESG metrics
  • Gender pay-gap reporting
  • Global supply chain investigations and regulatory reporting
  • Green initiatives and sustainability
  • Internal audits or investigations of ESG practices and commitments
  • Labor and human rights issues
  • Stakeholder analysis and ESG engagement

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