ESG Landscape in Focus: WBD Releases New Paper

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The prestigious international law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has recently published an informative document with the aim of enlightening businesses about the latest Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) laws, regulations, and best practices applicable within the United Kingdom.

Titled ''ESG: Why the UK is having to measure up,' this comprehensive paper serves as a valuable resource, offering insights into the intricate legal framework of the UK. It spotlights the ESG measures that have been formally integrated into the legal system and provides valuable guidance to readers as they navigate the implementation of their own ESG strategies.

This illuminating guide, authored by partner Rebecca Ferguson and managing associate Krish Dholakia of WBD's London corporate team, places a sharp focus on recent legislative alterations across the three core ESG dimensions. Additionally, it delves into what the future holds for UK businesses, considering forthcoming legislative reviews, consultations, and parliamentary plans.

Notable examples of these transformative changes encompass the recently enacted Energy Act 2023, novel rights for workers to request more predictable working schedules, and updated guidance from the Financial Reporting Council on the effective utilisation of ESG principles. Leveraging the vast international network of WBD, the ten-page report also encompasses recent legal developments about ESG in the European Union and the United States.

Rebecca Ferguson, the London corporate partner at WBD, emphasised, "Initially intended as a tool to showcase the performance and accountability of UK businesses, ESG has evolved into an indispensable policy for responsible enterprises in the UK. This transformation is the result of a growing body of legislation, regulations, and best practice guidelines. A deep understanding of the legal underpinnings of ESG is essential to ensure that it can be pursued both ethically and within the bounds of the law."

She continued, "At WBD, we are deeply committed to aiding our clients in comprehending their position within the intricate and rapidly changing legal landscape of ESG. We are equally devoted to upholding our own rigorous standards of business ethics and environmental responsibility."

For the complete report, click here.

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