The transition to net zero means that companies are understandably keen to highlight such credentials, and existing and upcoming legislation in various jurisdictions, including the UK, requires certain companies to make public sustainability and environmental disclosures in annual reports and elsewhere. However, companies now face a delicate balancing act between advertising such credentials and making such disclosures, and the increased litigation risk from NGOs and other actors as well as regulatory enforcement and sanctions. The ASA’s recent decisions build upon industry-specific investigations into green claims conducted by the Competition and Markets Authority earlier this year.
In this edition of the Demystifying ESG Webinar Series, Beatriz Araujo, Senior Counsel, Head of Corporate Governance at Baker McKenzie, Isabel Carty, Senior Associate at Baker McKenzie and Peter O’Byrne, Natura & Co Group IP director and The Body Shop General Counsel discuss diversity and how it can support the board in its role. Peter also shares some exciting initiatives of The Body Shop International Board as they relate to the role of diversity in corporate governance.
Baker McKenzie believes diversity unlocks innovation and drives market growth. Our key commitment is to create work environments that embody and embrace the power of differences. Join us for the final session of 2022 on Tuesday 29 November as we explore the initiatives created by our people, for our people and clients, supporting retention, removing barriers and promoting engagement. We will explore the success of some of our initiatives including Return-ity which supports our staff and clients as they return from parental leave; Talent Incubator where we collaborate with clients to build pitching skills for ethnically diverse talent; and our cross border Mentoring Circles supporting our talent across gender, ethnicity and social mobility.