Commercial Litigation Partner Elaina Bailes will discuss regional approaches to ESG litigation as part of an expert panel conversation hosted by Lexology on 10 May 2023.
Register for the online webinar and learn more at Lexology.
Elaina will be joined by:
- Carlos Escoto Carranza: Partner, ESG and Environment at Galicia Abogados, Mexico
- Anya George: Partner, Dispute Resolution and ESG at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd, Switzerland
- Chong S. Park: Partner, Litigation and Enforcement at Ropes & Gray, United States
When good intentions go wrong: regional approaches to ESG litigation
With ESG becoming mainstream, and increasingly an integral part of “the perfect sales pitch”, asset managers, banking institutions and companies have jumped on the bandwagon. Businesses now commonly make commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions or to ensure transparency in their supply chain, or market green and ‘fair‘ products and services.
But in this sphere where the science, law and regulation are fast-moving, companies sometimes fall short on their sustainability commitments. Their products, operations and services may have unintended and severe consequences for consumers, local communities and stakeholders. This has long been a reality. What is newer are the efforts undertaken by regulatory authorities, shareholders, community-based organisations, consumer rights advocates and other stakeholders to hold companies accountable for their shortcomings and misrepresentations or to influence their future conduct.
During this webinar, the panel will take a multi-regional approach, from North and Latin America across the pond to Europe, to discuss the current trends and developments in ESG and sustainability-related litigation, including:
- Approach to ESG litigation by regulatory agencies on both sides of the Atlantic
- Civil society lawsuits and actions against companies in relation to emissions or harmful projects
- Guidance and suggested best practices for both bringing and defending ESG claims
More information on ESG litigation in the UK
In the latest episode of the Stewarts Commercial Litigation Podcast, Elaina Bailes joined legal directors Karen Hutchinson and Francesca Berry to discuss climate change and environmental litigation, as well as the less-publicised but equally important social and governance themes that companies and directors must keep in mind to avoid costly disputes.
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