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Across sectors and industries, from start-ups to multinationals, companies everywhere are talking about their sustainability credentials — and in particular, their intention to reach net-zero. Businesses have recognized that a net-zero pledge can be a powerful public message, in the face of growing pressure to tackle the climate crisis and an expectation that business be part of the solution. But amidst all the rhetoric, how much progress are we really making? Are we on course to reach net-zero by 2050, or are businesses simply jumping on the bandwagon on the road to net nowhere? We surveyed 1,000 business leaders to find out more.

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.

On 6 November 2022, Law No. 2682-IX of Ukraine “On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine on the Protection of Social, Labor and Other Rights of Individuals, Including During Martial Law, and Simplification of Accounting of Jobs for Disabled Persons” dated 18 October 2022 came into effect. It aims to improve the conditions for the protection of individuals’ rights to work and social protection.

On 9 November 2022, the US Department of Commerce revoked Russia’s market economy status for the purpose of US antidumping law. Russia’s re-designation as a non-market economy – an economy where prices are set by the government rather than through supply and demand – means that, in future antidumping cases, the DOC can use special dumping calculation methods that make it easier to impose antidumping duties, and to impose significantly higher duty rates, on imports from Russia.

In an increasingly connected world, a holistic perspective is essential to capture commercial opportunities while mitigating evolving risk. This podcast series spans markets, sectors and areas of laws to uncover forward-looking insights from Baker McKenzie and industry experts on driving growth in your organization. The first episode covers Collaborating with Competition: Shaping a New Framework for Net-Zero Success.

The Online Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill was read a second time in Parliament and was passed into law on 9 November 2022. While the Ministry of Communications and Information has not released the commencement date of the new laws, they, together with the Code of Practice for Online Safety, are likely to kick in as early as 2023.

Multinational groups are increasingly likely to use voluntary carbon credits as part of their efforts to decarbonize their businesses and achieve their climate goals. There are a number of tax complexities and risks depending on how voluntary carbon credits are going to be acquired and used by companies and further guidance from HMRC would be welcomed, particularly as the market grows and becomes more regulated. Where multinational groups are taking a strategic approach to their offset activity, tax functions should play an active role in design and implementing structured arrangements.

Welcome to our Virtual Year-End Review of Import/Export and Trade Compliance Developments Conference resource center. Baker McKenzie’s international trade compliance lawyers from around the world discussed the major global legislative, judicial and administrative activities and trends in export controls, trade sanctions, customs compliance, and import requirements in nine 75 minute sessions which took place from 15 to 17 November 2022.