ESG Resource Center

Debevoise has deep experience in the broad range of issues that arise as environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns and requirements become increasingly important. The firm brings together sophisticated, multidisciplinary and multinational teams with expertise in private and public company governance, asset management, private funds, compliance and enforcement, public and private international law, sustainability and environmental matters and labor and benefits issues. We provide tailored and practical guidance across the evolving ESG and business integrity spectrum by counseling on trends and prudential issues, delivering concrete legal advice on evolving regulations and policies, and helping clients prepare for the legal, financial and reputational risks arising in this rapidly changing landscape.

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Resources by Subject

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  • Anti-Corruption
  • Bank Regulatory
  • Board Considerations
  • Business Integrity
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Data Governance /
    AI Compliance
  • Disclosure Requirements & Considerations
  • Employment and Workplace
  • Environmental & Climate
  • Funds Regulatory
  • Impact Investing
  • Insurance Regulation
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  • Representative ESG Matters
  • Articles
  • Webcasts

Weekly Update

For past editions of our ESG Weekly Update, see here.

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In the news this week:

  1. U.S.: Federal Reserve Board Kicks Off Climate Risk Exercise for Largest U.S. BanksThe exercise tests the banks’ climate risk management practices and resilience in two climate scenarios.
  2. U.S.: Florida Prohibits State-Run Funds from Considering ESG FactorsRevised retirement plan investment policies and proxy voting guidelines require managers to focus exclusively on maximizing financial returns.
  3. U.S.: Republican State Attorneys General Question ISS and Glass Lewis About ESG PoliciesAttorneys general criticize proxy voting practices supporting net zero emissions and diversity goals.
  4. Global: World Economic Forum Survey Finds Environment as Top Global RiskThe report finds that failure to tackle climate change and environmental degradation are the top risks facing the planet in the next decade.
  5. Global: UNEP and S&P Global Sustainable Launch Nature Risk Profile MethodologyThe Nature Risk Profile provides the financial sector with tools for assessing and addressing nature-related risks.

Click here for more details of the above stories.

Business Integrity Screen

The Debevoise Business Integrity Screen provides in-house counsel, sustainability leaders and compliance departments with a tool aimed at navigating the increasing complex issue of the management of business integrity risk and its many legal dimensions. The Screen includes a series of questions and practice points designed to guide business enterprises in addressing the UNGP’s three pillars for demonstrating respect for human rights. 

State-Level Developments Tracker

State-Level ESG Investment Developments: Tracker

Various individual U.S. States and cities are seeking to embed ESG considerations in law and regulation, while others are implementing laws limiting the ability of financial institutions and state funds to follow an ESG investment strategy. This new tracker from the team at Debevoise maps and summarizes the key developments in each State in an easily navigable way. The tracker will continue to be updated with new developments, and is accessible here.

ESG Investigations Tracker

ESG Investigations Tracker

ESG has become a prominent and divisive political issue in the United States. In addition to public criticisms of ESG initiatives, a number of states have launched investigations into whether certain ESG practices violate state and federal laws. Similarly, following the 2022 midterm elections, ESG is poised to become an increasingly important topic for the U.S. Congress. This tracker collects developments relating to the uptick in investigations of ESG practices and initiatives. 

View the tracker here.

Key Contacts

A broad range of lawyers across practices, industries and geographies advise clients on ESG considerations. The key contacts below serve as the core members of an interdisciplinary ESG group.

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