In Conversation with the ESG Team

Welcome to In Conversation with the ESG Team, the media hub for Linklaters' global ESG practice.

On this page you can access videos, webinars and podcasts in which experts from around the world discuss the key ESG issues of today.

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Culture: What does it mean for businesses?

Exploring culture

We have been working with Crafty Counsel to produce a series of six bite-sized videos, each aimed at exploring what culture is and why it matters through sharing what we have seen in legal practice.

Visit the Culture Hub to watch the series

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ESG Soundbite Series

Exploring ESG

Want to know more about ESG in a quick and digestible 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 ESG topics from sustainable finance to business and human rights.

Explore the Soundbite Series

Corporate purpose, culture and values in a post-Covid world

2020 has been a turbulent year for many businesses so far. Recent events have highlighted just how important an organisation’s purpose, culture and values can be when making critical decisions in a challenging environment, navigating evolving societal expectations and planning for a sustainable future amid heightened stakeholder and media scrutiny. Purpose, culture and values are now front and centre of the board and management agenda and a core area of focus for many organisations as they look to position themselves in a post-pandemic world.

ESG and 2050 – The road to net zero

ESG remains a key focus for funds, asset managers and other financial institutions and corporates. In this webinar we explore how in practice energy and infrastructure must adapt in order to transition to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Linklaters was joined by Energy Systems Catapult, an independent energy sector non-profit organisation set up through Innovate UK, who outline an evidenced based, techno-economic pathway for the UK to meet its net zero target. 


ESG in supply chains

Supply chains have never been more in focus, and we are seeing significant changes to them being made – both short-term and long-term, in order to mitigate risk and to take advantage of new opportunities.

Even before the advent of Covid-19, environmental, social and governance issues were large on the agenda of many regulators, clients, consumers, shareholders and investors. Now, as people around the world pull together with a mind on the greater good, focus on this is even sharper. Businesses are commissioning ESG reviews of their supply chains; investors are looking at ways to build sustainability into their investment processes.

ESG Disclosure Regulation Level 2 CP – what do firms need to know

The European Supervisory Authorities have published a consultation paper (“CP”) with proposed Level 2 standards for the ESG Disclosure Regulation. We discussed in this session, how the CP sets out very detailed and potentially onerous disclosure/reporting obligations on asset managers and financial advisers.

The consultation closes on 1 September 2020 and the final Level 2 Rules will be published on 30 December 2020. As firms must comply with the Disclosure Regulation from 10 March 2021, timing is of the essence.

Covid-19: Returning to work: Health & safety implications in England

On 11 May 2020, the UK Prime Minister announced a gradual, three-stage plan to begin easing England out of lockdown over the coming weeks and months. In this podcast, we look at the legal requirements in health & safety legislation to carry out a risk assessment and the new Covid-19 secure guidance, to help companies assess what this means for them as they map out a plan to return to work.

Covid-19: Exiting lockdown: Strategies and next steps

Lawyers from our employment, risk advisory and technology teams discussed:

  • The UK government’s latest thinking around plans to exit lockdown
  • Health and safety considerations, including implementing social distancing measures in the workplace
  • Use of technology, such as health apps, and related data privacy issues; and
  • Stakeholder engagement and risk management.

Sustainable Finance

An update on regulatory developments in the sustainable finance space (including the much anticipated EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy) and a discussion of what the derivatives and structured products world needs to be aware of.

Competition Law and Sustainability - Is Competition Law Cooperating? 

In this webinar Nicole Kar (Head of UK Competition, Linklaters), Simon Holmes (Judge, UK Competition Appeals Tribunal), Matthew Bennett (Vice-President, Charles River Associates) and Emma Cochrane (Practice Development Lawyer, Linklaters) discuss how companies can achieve their ESG goals and stay within the competition rules as they currently apply, potential reforms, and the lessons we can apply from the Covid-19 crisis to competition law and climate change.

ESG, Climate Change and the Competition Agenda

Listen to Nicole Kar (Head of UK Competition, Linklaters) and Vanessa Havard-Williams (Global Head of Environment, Linklaters) share their insights into ESG, climate change and the competition agenda. This podcast focuses on why environmental issues are so important for businesses, the interplay with competition law – especially in the context of competitor cooperation, and, while we await clearer guidance from authorities, how companies can lawfully pursue their collaborative sustainability initiatives in the here and now.

The Business Case for Corporate Respect for Human Rights

Showing respect for human rights has long been an issue for companies. However, human rights initiatives were usually seen as the remit of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) departments. Our clients are now telling us that human rights risks are rising up the corporate agenda and increasingly treated as a compliance issue. In the first edition of our human rights video series Rachel Barrett and Hamish McAvaney discuss what is driving this trend.

Human Rights Compliance Systems

In the second edition of our human rights video series Rachel Barrett and Hamish McAvaney discuss where companies should start when thinking about developing a human rights compliance framework. 

Human Rights and the Supply Chain

In the last of our human rights video series Rachel Barrett and Hamish McAvaney focus on human rights in the supply chain and why it’s an area of importance for companies.

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