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Doing well by doing good is no longer just an ethical choice.

For businesses, investors and those managing private wealth, navigating the risks and tapping into the opportunities created by environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues is now key to financial performance, resilience and sustainable value creation.

As a firm we work with listed and privately owned businesses, investors, trusts and estates, individuals, families, charities, regulators and public bodies – helping them to navigate this rapidly evolving landscape of ESG, sustainability and responsible business, to think long term, to look beyond compliance to purpose and values and to advance on their own sustainability journey.

In this Sustainability Hub we share updates and insights on this important and wide-ranging topic - please contact us to discuss how these issues are most relevant to you.

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Responsible Business Report 2022

Our annual report tracks our yearly progress and explains the targets and actions we've set ourselves to achieve positive social and environmental impact.

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Meet the team

Podcasts

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Sustainability Leaders: Guy Battle, Social Value Portal and Liam Ronan-Chlond, Socius Development

What does creating social value mean for property developers and how they can measure and manage it?

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Sustainability Leaders: Colin le Duc, Generation Investment Management

What is the future for ESG?

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Sustainability Leaders: Peter Dickinson, Mitie Group Plc

Why do businesses of all types and sizes need to be taking ESG issues seriously?

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Property Patter: The Notorious ESG?

ESG is everywhere.

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Insights

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2023: Spotlight on ESG in the product and supply sectors

Whilst 2022 was ground-breaking in the number of new cases related to ESG issues, 2023 is looking to be equally as important.

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Lessons from Davos: Private Capital and ESG

The scale of the investment needed to achieve global climate and social goals is far beyond what public funds can afford.

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ESG in Sport – net zero targets and “coolerplate” clauses

There is evidence of a change within the sports industry as the conversation on climate change moves from theory to action.

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Scrutiny over 'Greenwashing' continues: ASA upholds complaint over ad claims that Alpro's products are 'Good for the planet'

The CMA's Green Claims Code has put businesses on notice - they have until the New Year to make sure they comply with the law.

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ESG investment and the challenges for trustees

What challenges does the ESG revolution present for trustees of private family trusts?

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Don't Spin the Greenwashing

Brands are increasingly putting sustainability and environmentalism at the core of their identities.

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Stewardship: word of the moment, guiding principle for past generations and shining light for the next

If stewardship is an old idea, why are we talking about it now?

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Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR)

Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) allows individuals to help social enterprises grow by offering a tax relief on investments.

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Linking ESG and Executive Pay

How does a business go about embedding a focus on strong ESG performance into the structures and culture of its organisation?

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ESG – Searching for substance behind the acronym

ESG is an acronym much used but perhaps less understood.

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Delayed Environment Bill To Return Autumn 2021

After significant delay due to the 2019 election and COVID-19 , estimates suggest the Environment Bill will become law this autumn.

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The Purpose Podcast: Corporate purpose

Simon Ridpath discusses corporate purpose and the rise of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in “The Purpose Podcast”

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Can contract clauses change the world? We think they can!

With the UK’s services centric economy, the F&B sector can play its part in moving towards a sustainable low to zero carbon economy.

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Setting up a charitable foundation and sustainable investment

Heather Maizels and Sarah Rowley discuss aspects of philanthropy, including setting up a charitable foundation and sustainable investments

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Retail Recovery: Sustainability & Climate Change

How can brands and retailers plan for a more sustainable future?

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Climate-related financial disclosures for premium listed commercial companies

Reviewing the UK Government’s Green Finance Strategy and its proposals for a new climate-related disclosure rule for premium listed issuers.

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Our thinking

  • The Biodiversity Gain Modification Regulations – what has changed?

    Sadie Pitman

    Insights

  • Key takeaways from the private equity sessions and discussions at Davos

    Ayman Shehata

    Quick Reads

  • Megan Paul writes for The Grocer on why green energy can be a 'money saver' for retailers rather than a 'money spender'

    Megan Paul

    In the Press

  • Greenwashing: The Story So Far

    Caroline Greenwell

    Insights

  • Caroline Swain writes for Startups Magazine on 'Green Claims'

    Caroline Swain

    In the Press

  • How are sustainability and ESG shaping the role of in-house counsel?

    Kerry Stares

    Insights

  • Property Week quotes Cara Imbrailo on Rishi Sunak scrapping MEES requirements for residential landlords

    Cara Imbrailo

    In the Press

  • The perpetual struggle between the environment, heritage and development: the M&S decision vs 55 Bishopsgate

    Sophie Willis

    Quick Reads

  • Temperate Rainforests - A Naturally Biodiverse Habitat in the UK

    Titilope Hassan

    Quick Reads

  • Net zero transition planning for property-intensive businesses

    Kerry Stares

    Insights

  • An update on biodiversity net gain

    Rachael Davidson

    Insights

  • Cara Imbrailo writes for Environmental Finance on the growing importance of social issues for commercial real estate

    Cara Imbrailo

    In the Press

  • European Council Adopts Sweeping Regulation on Deforestation-free Products

    Quick Reads

  • From Farm to Fork: The Vital Role of Traceability in Meeting the UK's Sustainable Food Demands and Fighting Food Fraud

    Jamie Cartwright

    Quick Reads

  • Kerry Stares writes for Funds Europe on private companies entering a new era of transparency on ESG

    Kerry Stares

    In the Press

  • Key takeaways from the UK Government's "Green Day"

    Martha Glaser

    Quick Reads

  • Updated Green Finance Strategy

    Quick Reads

  • Are green dilapidations on the ESG horizon?

    Laura Bushaway

    Quick Reads

  • Greenwashing Guidance Gathers Momentum: the Crackdown is Nigh

    Peter Carlyon

    Quick Reads

  • Ben Butterworth writes for P3 Pharmacy on what pharmacy businesses need to know about energy regulations

    Ben Butterworth

    In the Press

  • Time to turn down the lights

    Eddie Richards

    Quick Reads

  • Introduction to ESG Disputes

    Dalal Alhouti

    Insights

  • The Law Society Gazette quotes Cara Imbrailo on ESG considerations for the property sector

    Cara Imbrailo

    In the Press

  • FCA warns asset managers against greenwashing

    Quick Reads

  • New and enhanced EPR framework: more stringent responsibilities on producers – what does this mean for your business?

    Ciara Coyle

    Quick Reads

  • Charles Russell Speechlys Luxembourg represents Elemental Holding Group

    Yacine Diallo

    News

  • Sustainability disclosure requirements: Time is short to comment on FCA's proposals

    Quick Reads

  • Mandatory climate-related financial disclosures requirements for companies and LLPs

    Jodie Dennis

    Insights

  • South China Morning Post quotes Simon Green on Hong Kong investment into UK property

    Simon Green

    In the Press

  • Charles Russell Speechlys features in the Financial Worldwide discussing sustainability in the retail industry

    Jason Saiban

    News

  • Charles Russell Speechlys advises AgDevCo on its multi-million investment into Flow Equity

    Adrian Mayer

    News

  • Boo hoo... Time's up for Greenwashers

    Caroline Greenwell

    Quick Reads

  • Property Patter: The Notorious ESG?

    Emma Humphreys

    Podcasts

  • Lesley O'Leary writes for The Law Society Gazette on law firm strategy

    Lesley O’Leary

    In the Press

  • UK FCA follows EU and US regulators to warn against greenwashing of financial products

    Quick Reads

  • ITV takes the plunge and “couples up” with Ebay to dress love island contestants in pre-loved clothing

    Quick Reads

  • Powers of persuasion: Adland guidance to greenwashing brands

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  • Get real on net-zero - five takeaways from the IPCC report

    Quick Reads

  • Mixed-use development and Sustainability is at the heart of Life Sciences Development

    Fiona Edmond

    Quick Reads

  • Will construction see red or green today?

    David Savage

    Quick Reads

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