Integrated Strategies for Sustainable Success
Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) issues are critical considerations for businesses today. Consumers, investors, supply chain partners, contractors, and other stakeholders are demanding that companies deliver on ESG promises—or suffer the negative fallout.
To meet these expectations, you need a trusted advisor like Michael Best. Our ESG team works with clients to identify the legal issues and opportunities that come with starting, growing, or maintaining ESG programs. Our interdisciplinary team of lawyers helps clients strive for a sustainable future, promote social responsibility, and meet the requirements of investors and regulatory bodies.
ESG considerations also include disclosures and transparency, evaluation of risks, and metrics evaluation, in both the public and private markets. Michael Best is well versed in these issues, which have become a focus of investors, the SEC, and other regulatory bodies. Many investors demand ESG-oriented investments and use ESG metrics to make investment decisions and allocate capital.
Whether you need guidance on metrics tracking and reporting; the investment process, policies, and procedures; supply chain verification; certifications; internal policies and training; or ensuring claims are verifiable, we can guide you through the many nuances of ESG.
How We Can Help
The Michael Best ESG team provides an integrated, strategic approach customized for each client’s situation, in areas such as the following:
Counseling on the development and compliance of corporate sustainability programs, the process of B-Corporation Certification, and certain policies and procedures.
Assisting with public company SEC compliance and disclosures of ESG matters; project development and financing, including alternative energy project development and associated tax implications; ESG investment process, policies, and procedures; and private managers/advisors disclosures to meet investor requirements.
Climate Change & Environmental Regulation
Guiding clients through regulatory compliance and defense; carbon markets, emission credits, and emissions-related agreements; advertising claims and “green washing”; green building construction and related retrofits; and various environmental and energy sustainability frameworks.
Employee Benefits & Workplace Culture
Advising on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and social impact programs; employee benefits and compensation; policies, procedures, and training; Affirmative Action Plans; and workplace culture.
Partnering with outside resources to complement and enhance our legal services. Michael Best works closely with a global business advisory firm to support building ESG programs and stakeholder engagement for our clients. We also have relationships with organizations that can assist with third-party certifications for green and water initiatives.