Sustainable Business

Welcome to our Sustainable Business hub. On these pages you will find resources designed to help you and your business to anticipate regulatory developments, proactively manage risk and achieve your sustainable business objectives.

Sustainable Business

Overview

The sustainable business agenda covers a broad spectrum of issues, as illustrated by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the world’s blueprint for a sustainable future. The UN aims to implement its vision for a better world by 2030 and the need for meaningful change is likely to become increasingly urgent over the next decade. The profound global socio-economic shock caused by the COVID crisis is likely to force the pace of change, as governments and businesses coalesce around the "build back better" initiative.

We have focused our contribution on the issues which resonate most with our clients:

A message from Senior Partner, Kathleen Russ

Sustainability lies at the heart of our business proposition, and you can find out more about Travers Smith’s sustainable business objectives here. We know that ESG and sustainability are also high on the agenda for many of our clients, for whom these topics have been a board-level conversation for many years. Whilst the focus on ESG and sustainability may have been deflected by the immediacy of the global energy crisis following in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic, it will remain a key imperative for the business community in the months and years to come.

As businesses react to the difficult trading conditions, they may review their approach to the ESG and sustainability agenda. However, many businesses have already adapted their business model to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the transition to a net-zero, socially responsible economy, continuing to focus on the triple "P", profit, people and planet, as stakeholder capitalism remains at the fore. Increasingly, whilst new ESG regulation is driving change, businesses are judged by the court of public opinion on the extent to which they embrace a wider (albeit unwritten) societal contract. Reputation in this area has growing importance.

As you continue to navigate through these issues in the coming months and years, our specialists are here to help you. For further information or advice on any of the ESG and sustainability issues discussed on this site, please do contact me, any member of our ESG team, or your usual Travers Smith contact.

Kathleen Russ - Senior Partner

Sustainable Business topics

ESG/sustainable finance

ESG/sustainable finance

ESG/sustainable finance

Sustainable finance is of rapidly growing importance due to increasing regulatory pressures and demand from investors. Click here to view page

Corporate governance and stewardship

Corporate governance and stewardship

Corporate governance and stewardship

Good corporate governance increasingly involves balancing the interests of shareholders and wider society. Click here to view page

People, diversity and inclusion, and safety

People, diversity and inclusion, and safety

People, diversity and inclusion, and safety

The creation of a diverse, inclusive and safe environment in the workplace is the key to the "S" in ESG. Click here to view page

Business ethics

Business ethics

Business ethics

No longer simply a moral obligation, the legislative and regulatory framework is forcing change upon the business community. Click here to view page

Climate change, environment and resources

Climate change, environment and resources

Climate change, environment and resources

Concerns around climate change, environment and natural resources have never been higher on the legal, political or corporate agenda. Click here to view page

Litigation risk

Litigation risk

Litigation risk

The transition to sustainable business presents litigation risks, particularly for those who fall foul of the legal or regulatory framework, or who fail to follow through on sustainable business commitments. Click here to read

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Further reading

View all our sustainability and ESG content.

Further reading

ESG timeline

Our ESG timeline sets out recent and expected UK and EU legal and regulatory developments relating to ESG and wider sustainable business topics.

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