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How legal departments can move their company forward on the topic of ESG

ESG has become a very high priority for companies and is also an issue for the legal department. More and more legislation has to be observed in this context. But business partners and customers are also paying more and more attention to sustainability aspects. Therefore, companies should establish a long-term ESG strategy, which should also be co-directed by the legal department. Because in-house lawyers have an eye on the legal stumbling blocks in relation to ESG.

How should legal departments be positioned in terms of ESG and what exactly can they do to make their company successful in terms of ESG? Read the KPMG Law whitepaper “ESG-led legal department of the future” to find out how this can be achieved and how ESG influences the work of legal departments.

These are the key insights:

  • From geopolitical tensions, trade disputes, and supply chain disruption to climate change adaptation, telecommuting, and diversity and inclusion issues, legal professionals need to understand how ESG is changing their company’s priorities and manage the various legal implications.
  • ESG issues are becoming increasingly urgent and legal departments need to advise on a wide range of legal issues. These include legal liability of directors, sustainability reporting, access to capital and insurance, talent management, and climate change.
  • The companies that are most advanced in ESG can go beyond strategy to contribute in sustainability for the benefit of the community and the environment.
  • Leading legal departments help other colleagues in the company understand ESG risks and manage them together with other departments such as finance, treasury, procurement, IT and HR.
  • The legal department can act as a liaison and help develop strategies for other departments as well and create the governance framework (simple rules, clear codes of conduct) for implementation.
  • In an ESG-led legal department, legal experts are business partners. They understand their company and its issues, so they can give you the right advice, implement the necessary measures and thus contribute to the long-term growth of the company.

Publications

The ESG-led legal function of the future – How can legal support business?

How legal departments can add value to their business on the topic of ESG

Leading the Way: ESG Practices in Legal Departments 2023/24

The first ESG Survey for Legal Departments by KPMG Law

The public sector has so far engaged in inadequate climate protection

There is a need for action on the part of states, cities and municipalities for more climate protection, otherwise there is a threat of risks. Our whitepaper provides recommendations.

Public construction – sustainable climate-friendly

To meet climate targets, emissions in the building sector must be reduced by over 43 percent in the current decade. This requires high investments, new materials and new building technology. We show how the law can be used to address these challenges

Sustainable public procurement

Training to educate procuring entities to contribute to strengthening sustainability through public procurement and to fulfill legal obligations.

Your contact persons:inside

Anne-Kathrin Gillig

Partner
Frankfurt am Main Site Manager
Head of Compliance and Business Criminal Law

THE SQUAIRE Am Flughafen
60549 Frankfurt am Main

tel: +49 69 951195013
agillig@kpmg-law.com

Dr. Moritz Püstow

Partner
Solution Line Head Public Sector
Head of Public Law and Environmental Social Governance (ESG)

Heidestraße 58
10557 Berlin

tel: +49 30 530199129
mpuestow@kpmg-law.com

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