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SDR implementation: Taking the time to get it right: Wendy Saunders writes for Professional Adviser
Press15 May 2023
In October 2022, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published consultation paper CP22/20 Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR) and investment labels. The consultation closed in January 2023. In this update we set out a broad overview of matters covered by the consultation, how it fits into the broader ESG regulatory landscape, where we are now and next steps.
Corporate Governance for UK companies – are you meeting statutory reporting requirements?28 April 2023
ESG remains a “hot topic”; this year, the Environmental pillar has been a key area of focus. Governance, the third pillar in the ESG framework, has not received the same level of attention, but is important for companies in the UK to consider, as they may be subject to corporate governance reporting requirements if they meet certain criteria.
CMA launches consultation on its draft environmental sustainability guidance12 April 2023
The CMA is consulting on its draft guidance on the application of the Chapter 1 prohibition in the Competition Act 1998 (which prohibits agreements between businesses that restrict competition in the UK) to environmental sustainability agreements.
Mathew Forde comments on EU plans to crackdown on greenwashing for The Times
Press28 March 2023
EU rules are set to rinse away Greenwashing by heavily scrutinising the words used in advertising and marketing to ensure companies back up their claims with data and scientific evidence if they claim to be ‘carbon neutral’ or ‘greener’.
Updated Comparative Table of employment law developments in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland10 November 2022
Do you need to stay up to date with current and proposed employment law developments across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland? If so, our updated Comparative Table, prepared in conjunction with Legal Island, will be a handy reference guide.
Proptech – once a trend, now a necessity10 November 2022
The real estate sector has, for a long time, been reluctant to embrace technology. While the rise of property tech start-ups did go some way to open people’s eyes to the possibilities and fuel their imagination, it took something as monumental as a global pandemic to force many, who work within the sector, to move away from traditional (and often outdated) working practices into a more modern way of thinking and working.
Climate change action against directors dismissed07 June 2022
In one of the first cases of its kind, the High Court has dismissed an application to bring a claim for breach of duty against directors who, it was said, had failed to create a credible plan for disinvestment from fossil fuels.
HR and ESG due diligence in M&A: what are the current trends?26 May 2022
2022 is shaping up to be another supercharged year for M&A deals. This article explores how the people aspects of due diligence are evolving in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, alongside the trend towards greater sustainability and focus on ESG issues.
The Sustainability and Net Zero Challenge – The Great Office Occupier & Developer Debate11 May 2022
The lockdown months saw a huge reduction in the operational carbon footprints from commercial workplace premises. The lack of the daily commute for millions of workers also contributed to improvements in urban air quality and energy consumption.
ESG in the balance: Will crypto be a vehicle for advancement or will it undermine positive change? Part 318 February 2022
G is for Governance: Can the crypto governance conundrum be resolved to realise its potential social and environmental benefits?
Making employment contracts greener and more sustainable18 February 2022
As organisations try to find ways to reduce carbon emissions and adopt more sustainable practices, template employment contracts are probably not the first place you would think to look. But there are ideas and potential benefits for those prepared to consider integrating climate issues into the employment relationship.
ESG in the balance: Will crypto be a vehicle for advancement or will it undermine positive change? Part 217 February 2022
S is for Social: Is crypto only an investment trap for the unwary consumer, and a vehicle for financial crime, or can it facilitate positive societal benefits?
ESG in the balance: Will crypto be a vehicle for advancement or will it undermine positive change? Part 116 February 2022
E is for Environmental: Is it just about the energy usage, or could crypto enable us to ‘build back better’?
Overview of the ESG landscape from a financial services regulatory perspective15 February 2022
ESG is a very hot topic in the financial services sector.
Boutique hotel trends for 2022: What’s next for the sector? Anthony van Hoffen and Katie Thomas write for Boutique Hotelier
Press09 December 2021
The impact of Covid-19 on the luxury hotel sector has, arguably, been felt stronger than in any other single area of the economy. The sector has been faced with an unparalleled fight for survival – with most hotels having to close their doors to customers for considerable amounts of time throughout the last year and a half.
Phoenix Rising: Key Trends for the Hotel Sector in 2022. Anthony van Hoffen and Katie Thomas write for Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier News
Press07 December 2021
The impact of the pandemic on the hotel and leisure sector was, arguably, felt stronger than in any other single area of the economy. With no ability to pivot their business to ‘online’, and no prospect that ‘working from home’ might provide a temporary solution, the sector was faced with an unprecedented fight for survival.
Directors’ duties and climate change litigation: if not now, when?17 November 2021
For the last two weeks, many of us have been watching events unfold at the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference. Each day seemed to bring a mixed bag of news, some positive and some disappointing.
10 climate issues for HR11 November 2021
As employment practices and laws evolve to address climate change, what HR issues arise? We sum up our thoughts in this one-page guide.
How to tell if an 'eco-friendly' firm is greenwashing: Victor Timon comments for RTÉ News
Press10 November 2021
We're seeing more 'eco-friendly’ and ‘all natural’ products on our shelves, as consumers demand more sustainable choices. But as companies come under increased pressure to meet their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals, how can we tell if some are twisting the truth?
How to tell if an 'eco-friendly' firm is greenwashing: Victor Timon comments for RTE01 November 2021
We're seeing more 'eco-friendly’ and ‘all natural' products on our shelves, as consumers demand more sustainable choices. But as companies come under increased pressure to meet their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals, how can we tell if some are twisting the truth?