Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations are increasingly significant for both public and private sector organisations. Our breadth of practice and depth of experience enable us to provide robust, strategic and effective solutions to ESG challenges, old and new.
At Holding Redlich, we understand that organisations are experiencing increased scrutiny from their clients, investors, regulators, employees and other stakeholders on a growing range of ESG concerns, including as new reporting requirements emerge.
ESG is an umbrella term that stands for the "Environmental", "Social" and "Governance" aspects of commercial activities. Broadly speaking, ESG can be viewed as a set of criteria against which interested stakeholders evaluate risk and value in a company. Increasingly, investors and consumers are aligning investments and spending with ESG values and capitalising on companies which actively address ESG risk through high ESG standards. This shift in behaviour has also attracted the attention of regulators, who are keen to hold organisations to account for their ESG related claims.
Whether relating to greenwashing, modern slavery, renewable energy, other supply chain integrity issues, commercial risk strategy, corporate accountability and directors duties or mandatory regulation we work closely with our clients to identify ESG issues before they arise and develop forward-thinking solutions. Alternatively, when our clients come to us with an ESG related dispute, our in-depth experience as a multi-industry and multi-practice advisory, dispute resolution and litigation firm enables us to deliver tried and tested, practical and effective outcomes.
Issues relating to biodiversity loss, climate change, renewable energy, sustainable investment, pollution, water usage, and native title, including:
Issues involving diversity and inclusion, discrimination, modern slavery, bullying and harassment, data privacy and security, and workplace health and safety, including:
Issues involving corporate decision-making, board independence, shareholder activism, corruption, and risk mitigation, including:
Our ESG clients include investment managers, listed and unlisted corporations, superannuation funds, real estate developers, institutional shareholders, government departments, and statutory authorities.
22 March 2023 - Knowledge
#Government, #Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
In this edition, we look at the relevance of ESG to governments and their agencies, the impact of ESG on public policies and priorities, and the challenge of balancing priorities and social mores.
15 March 2023 - Knowledge
#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), #Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services
ASIC has launched its first court action against Mercer Superannuation for allegedly making false claims about its sustainable investment options. What can businesses learn from this case?
08 March 2023 - Knowledge
#Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), #Competition & Consumer Law, #Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services
Australia’s corporate and consumer regulators are on red alert for greenwashing and have prioritised investigating and taking enforcement action in connection with misleading disclosures and marketing.
02 March 2023 - Knowledge
#Mergers and Acquisitions, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
In our latest M&A Review, we highlight six deal characteristics deal makers can expect to see this year.
11 October 2022 - Knowledge
#Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), #Government, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability
In this instalment of our ongoing ESG series, we look at some recent climate change cases brought against government bodies and predict what the main risks are for the future.
10 August 2022 - Knowledge
#Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), #Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Renewable Energy
ESG is a prominent feature in the Australian landscape and of increasing significance for government, business and the broader community. In this article, we examine some of the major drivers behind this trend.
13 July 2022 - Knowledge
#Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), #Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Regulatory
ASIC has released guidance setting out the main risks relating to ‘greenwashing’ sustainability-related investments, products and services and what those who offer such products can do to avoid it.
29 June 2022 - Knowledge
#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Data & Privacy, #Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
As the dust finally settles on the suite of amendments to the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act, we share some initial observations about how the regime impacts critical infrastructure entities and what these entities need to be mindful of when managing critical infrastructure assets in Australia.
22 June 2022 - Knowledge
#Transport, Shipping & Logistics, #Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), #Planning, Environment & Sustainability
The Australian transport industry needs to find ways to export goods over long distances efficiently and, at the same time, balance the pressure from ESG investors to ‘decarbonise’ and enhance sustainability practices. In this article, we unpack the meaning of GHG emissions across the sector and ESG in supply chains.
15 June 2022 - Knowledge
#Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability
The term ‘ESG’ is becoming increasingly popular in the world of business and investment. Apart from knowing that it stands for environmental, social and governance, what does the term really mean and why is it important for your business?
17 November 2021 - Knowledge
#Renewable Energy, #Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), #Planning, Environment & Sustainability
A recent panel discussion highlights the opportunities, challenges and the role of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) in driving Australia’s transition to a green economy.
03 November 2021 - Knowledge
#Renewable Energy, #Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), #Construction, Infrastructure & Projects, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability
Australia’s Long Term Emissions Reduction Plan sets a ‘net zero emissions by 2050’ emission target. Is this a game-changer for the renewables sector?