ESG: politics and policy

We support businesses and investors assess the risks and opportunities associated with the rapidly evolving world of ESG policy and to analyse the public and political expectations that drive it. We have a proven track record in providing strategic advice across a wide range of sectors including financial services, manufacturing, energy, technology, amongst others. We help firms understand the broader reporting environment – the headline choices that policymakers are faced with, and the liabilities that arise for business as a result of these choices.

Our offer helps clients get ahead of policy and regulation to take up market leadership through:

  • Strategic planning for ESG policy evolution
  • Evidence building and communications on ESG performance
  • ESG due diligence for investors and acquirors
  • Corporate resilience planning for changes in ESG audit or liability
  • Policymaker engagement and advocacy

Contact us here if you would like to receive our ESG prospectus.

Team

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Success at COP26: four issues to watch from GC's experts

Sustainability

Elizabeth Beall
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We hear from four of our climate and energy experts on key issues that will impact the success or failure of COP26: China's climate action policies; a shift from mitigation to resilience and adaptation in sustainability efforts; the Paris Agreement's controversial global carbon market; and how different US climate policy may look depending on the eleciton results.

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The business case for net-zero

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Ermenegilda Boccabella
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The last six months have seen several large companies from a range of sectors announce net-zero targets for GHG emissions. Visa, Volvo, Apple and others have all lead the way, and even banks like Credit Suisse have been changing their lending practices based on a borrower’s emissions. Royal Dutch Shell, Eni, Repsol and Total are seeking to reduce their emissions by one…

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Food standards: taking back control

Trade & Manufacturing

Charlotte Roberts
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Controversies over ‘chlorinated chicken’ and ‘hormone-injected beef’ in the US/UK trade deal talks are at the centre of a heated debate on UK food standards. The debate is putting the spotlight on a fundamental issue facing the UK after Brexit: the country is taking back control of its regulatory framework - but to do what? And while the…

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ESG in private equity: will integration tools be matched by pressure to use them?

General Policy

Felix Cazalet
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Covid-19 is likely to accelerate pressures for the meaningful integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into the private equity (PE) industry. The twin dynamics of a greater public focus on investors’ ESG credentials and an increased scrutiny of the PE industry writ large could combine to encourage greater use of existing integration tools. With…

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Rolling back or building back better?

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Elizabeth Beall
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As governments globally introduce emergency support to combat the impacts of covid-19, there have been calls to ensure this is aligned with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) objectives. However, covid-19 has also prompted many governments to lift or suspend regulations to reduce burdens on corporates. Where does the balance lie? Global Counsel is tracking ESG…

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A tax whose time has come?

Energy & Commodities

Ermenegilda Boccabella
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Carbon border adjustment taxes are not a new concept. The idea applies carbon pricing to goods that enter the single market where products are manufactured offshore have avoided carbon pricing. In theory, this prevents 'carbon leakage'. Europe's energy-intensive industries, especially cement and steel, have long argued they need a level playing field against imports with…

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The next frontier in ESG: race, policing and diversity

General Policy

Elizabeth Beall
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The current wave of activism around race, racial awareness and diversity is certain to impact on ESG – particularly as the ‘S’ aspect gains in prominence due to covid-19. The social components of ESG policies and strategies have in the past largely focused on attention to human rights and labour conditions, but the list of what is included is expanding. While…

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Past the tipping point

Energy & Commodities

Ermenegilda Boccabella
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The covid-19 crisis has more than shaken our society, it has changed us. Almost every element of day-to-day life has been altered or adjusted. Some of those changes might be permanent. None more so than the energy sector.

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Asia policymaker perspectives: Green mobility and infrastructure in Southeast Asia

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Andrew Yeo
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In a new series of interviews, members of Global Counsel's Asia team will interview thought-leaders in policy and business from across the region, focusing on key themes for Global Counsel including geopolitics, trade and technological developments and the impact on business and politics.

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Risks under the radar: Anticipating supply chain risks for the UK food and drink sector

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Geoffrey Norris
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The 2018 shortage of CO2 highlighted the large scale reliance on CO2 in the food and drink industry and the fragility of the supply chain delivering CO2 into the market. In this report commissioned by the Food and Drink Federation, Global Counsel examines other potential risks that may currently be underestimated within the food and drink sector and sets forth a framework…

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The GOP tries to flip the script on climate change

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Miranda Lutz
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Heading into the 2020 elections, the Democrats have a clear lead over the Republicans in voter confidence in their handling of energy and environmental policy. Joe Biden leads Donald Trump on both policy themes by substantial margins (see charts). 

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Earth Day: Making history or winding back the clock?

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Elizabeth Beall
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It’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Oil is at its lowest price in history. Deaths today from covid-19 topped 175,000 worldwide. It is certainly an historic day.

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Good COP bad COP – 3 things to watch for at COP25 climate negotiations in Madrid

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Elizabeth Beall
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The world’s climate brethren are set to gather next week – not in Chile but in Madrid – for the 25th annual Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP for short). Each year the aim is to move further on the agenda of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for adapting to the impacts of climate change. This year, the…

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The shifting politics of climate change with Caroline Lucas MP

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Elizabeth Beall
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Following a breakfast event on the shifting politics of climate change, Practice Lead for Climate and Sustainability, Elizabeth Beall, sat down with our guest Caroline Lucas MP to discuss what's causing a shift, thoughts on a Green New Deal, and what sectors are likely to see the greatest changes ahead.

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The future of food

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Stephen Adams
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Are consumer preferences the main drivers behind the public policy changes? How should food systems change to meet growing demand, from increasing productivity, reducing waste and changing diets? Listen to Senior Director, Stephen Adams, Practice Lead for Sustainability, Elizabeth Beall and Associate, Mollie Brennan discuss the future of food in the UK, Europe and…

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Meat analogues in the EU: A cut above the rest?

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Mollie Brennan
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First it was tofu, then it was quorn, and now meat derived from a single animal cell and thus the creation of a new term – meat analogue. The meat analogue industry is one of the fastest growing consumer goods segments. It is also one of increasing political volatility and one in which regulation is struggling to keep up in a way that spurs innovation and shifts consumer…

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