ESG Soundbite series

Want to know more about ESG in a quick and easy way?

In this ongoing series of bite-sized podcasts and videocasts our ESG team discuss the hottest topics in ESG. These conversational-style videos will cover a wide range of topics from sustainable finance to human rights and more.

Stay tuned as we continue to add to this series.

Digging deeper into E&S due diligence

In our next podcast focusing on ESG in a project financing context, Iyesogie Igiehon and Aileen Buchanan discuss:

  • the role of E&S due diligence in project financings;
  • E&S standards requirements;
  • the role of E&S consultants; and
  • areas/issues that require extra focus such as biodiversity, GHG emissions and indigenous peoples.

Managing E&S risks in project financings

The next focus of our ESG Soundbite Series will be on the importance of ESG in a project financing context.
In this first session Aileen Buchanan, Rachel Barrett and Iyesogie Igiehon talk about E&S risk management in complex project financings.  

They share some quick insights on:

  • how soft law standards have driven change in the market;
  • the increase in NGO and public scrutiny; and
  • what parties can do to efficiently manage E&S risks including practical tips.

ESG reporting for corporates – A brief summary

In this videocast we provide a brief summary of a recent webinar which looked at the reporting requirements impacting corporates under various disclosure developments in the UK and EU. 

For a more in-depth discussion on these developments, who is affected and how changes in what needs to be disclosed fit in with the new disclosure regime under the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulations and Taxonomy Regulation, watch our webinar - ESG reporting for corporates.

ESG disclosure requirements in Japan

ESG is high up on executive’s agenda in Japan. On the “E” side, in particular, on Climate Change, Japanese Prime Minister Suga announced in October the country’s pledge to achieve carbon neutral by 2050. This is a huge commitment. Hydrogen, battery storage, carbon recycling and offshore wind are named as the primary areas of development and investment. The videocast talks about ESG disclosure requirements in Japan, focuses on the impact EU regulations may have on Japanese asset managers.

Resilience in supply chains – key ESG takeaways

The rise of ESG has placed an increased focus on organisations and their supply chains. In this videocast we briefly discuss the key takeaways for organisations when looking at supply chains in the context of ESG.

The ESG megatrend: what and why now?

Environment, social and governance (“ESG”) is going mainstream and the ESG megatrend presents both risks and opportunities for corporates. Here are some of the key takeaways from our webinar on the ESG megatrend.

Human rights due diligence: why it matters and how to get started

Human rights due diligence is set to climb higher up the board room agenda as the European Commission prepares to launch a consultation. In this podcast, Rachel Barrett and James Marlow discuss why human rights due diligence is becoming increasingly important for corporates and how to start the process.

New version of Equator Principles

In this podcast, Rachel Barrett, Aileen Buchanan and Iyesogie Igiehon discuss three key changes to the new version of the Equator Principles (EP4), which came into effect on 1 October 2020: (1) climate change risks assessments; (2) human rights due diligence; and (3) how the EP standards apply in designated countries.

Modern slavery: next steps following UK government consultation on modern slavery statements

In this podcast, Rachel Barrett and James Marlow discuss the key changes that will be made to modern slavery statements in the UK, following the government’s response to the consultation it carried out in 2019.

The road to net zero

In this videocast Vanessa Havard-Williams and Ruth Knox discuss how to get to net zero by 2050 and what that means in practice. This will require significant changes in a wide range of sectors including real estate, infrastructure, transport, food and farming. There will be big opportunities for those who can adapt quickly to the transition to a net zero economy and big challenges for those in carbon-intensive sectors.

Snapshot of divergent UK/US approaches to ESG

In this videocast Vanessa Havard-Williams and Doug Davison discuss the differences between the European and the United States starting points on ESG disclosures. Presently, there are quite contrasting approaches to disclosures and we explore the reasons behind this and recent developments.

A discussion on the EU Sustainable Finance Package

In this videocast we discuss the EU Sustainable Finance Package which has large parts coming into force within the next year. The requirements of the Sustainable Finance Package are important for regulated firms as it applies to them directly but it will also have a significant indirect impact on corporates.

Private Covid-19 testing

In this podcast we talk briefly about the key points for companies to consider on implementing Covid-19 testing and/or temperature screening as part of their proposals for returning to work and beyond. This has been a key area of interest for many companies that we have spoken to recently and it is clear that interest in employee testing and screening will continue to grow as lockdown measures are lifted. Given the evolving Covid-19 landscape, companies should take the time to think about the legal and practical implications of Covid-19 testing in the context of their particular business. 


Remote environmental due diligence and site visits

In this podcast we talk briefly about the move we are seeing towards conducting environmental due diligence and site visits remotely. This is something various consultants, companies and lenders have been considering for some time with some already carrying out virtual site visits. The travel restrictions imposed as a result of Covid-19 have accelerated the necessity of being able to conduct due diligence and site visits remotely.

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