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As European competition authorities and international organizations like the OECD and ICN look to advance the debate on sustainability and antitrust, Baker McKenzie’s global antitrust knowledge lawyer Grant Murray and partner Georgina Foster explore the approach of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and ask if it can provide a blueprint for others to follow.

The covid-19 pandemic has accelerated many things in 2020. Judging from the flurry of conferences, discussions and consultations, that includes the intensity of the debate on the relationship between sustainability initiatives and competition law – namely how the latter can support the former. Antitrust authorities are asking themselves how to be part of the solution and not part the problem.

It is not surprising that covid-19 has set people thinking more deeply about climate change. The pandemic underlines the need for coordinated action but is simultaneously a reminder of how difficult it is to achieve a swift global consensus, or to rely on a set of prescriptive rules to address rapidly evolving circumstances.


Georgina Foster is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Sydney office and leads the Firm’s Australian competition practice.


Grant Murray is the Senior Professional Support Lawyer for Baker & McKenzie’s Global Antitrust and Competition Group based in London. Grant has responsibility for the know-how and training needs of a practice group comprising over 300 competition lawyers spread across more than 40 countries. A central part of his role involves monitoring and updating the group on key developments and trends in EU and global competition law, focusing on the practical implications for clients and lawyers. Grant is a Non-Governmental Adviser to the ICN (appointed by the UK Competition and Markets Authority) and a regular contributor to the work of the OECD through the Competition Committee of the OECD’s Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC).