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12 June 20232 minute read

ESG: Accelerating your business to a sustainable future

In an era of escalating environmental challenges and growing societal demands for corporate responsibility, businesses have a critical role to play in addressing pressing global issues. As one of the world's leading law firms committed to sustainability, DLA Piper recognizes the importance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles in shaping a sustainable future. In line with this commitment, DLA Piper is actively involved in supporting and promoting the upcoming COP28 conference in Dubai in November this year, which stands as a crucial platform for advancing global climate goals.

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DLA Piper has long been at the forefront of advocating for ESG integration within its own operations and across the wider legal industry. The firm has recognized that a sustainable and responsible approach to business is not only a moral imperative but also a key driver of long-term success. DLA Piper has adopted a multi-faceted approach to ESG, focusing on the following key areas:

DLA Piper is dedicated to reducing its environmental impact by implementing sustainable practices across its offices worldwide. The firm actively promotes resource efficiency, waste reduction, and carbon footprint reduction through initiatives such as energy conservation, recycling programs, and the use of renewable energy sources. By prioritizing sustainable operations, DLA Piper sets an example for other organizations, encouraging them to adopt similar practices.

DLA Piper is committed to promoting social equity and making a positive impact on the communities it serves. The firm fosters diversity, inclusion, and equality within its workforce, ensuring equal opportunities for all. DLA Piper also engages in pro bono work, partnering with non-profit organizations to provide legal assistance to underrepresented individuals and communities. By leveraging its legal expertise, the firm actively contributes to promoting access to justice and advancing social causes.

DLA Piper upholds the highest standards of corporate governance, transparency, and ethical conduct. The firm adheres to rigorous internal policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations. DLA Piper's commitment to governance excellence extends beyond its own operations, as the firm advises clients on ESG-related legal matters, helping them navigate the complex regulatory landscape and mitigate risks.

DLA Piper's commitment to sustainability is further demonstrated through its active involvement and support for the Conference of the Parties (COP). COP is a crucial global platform where nations come together to discuss climate change, share best practices, and negotiate agreements to combat climate-related challenges. By participating in COP26, 27 and the upcoming COP28, DLA Piper contributes its legal expertise to facilitate meaningful dialogue and support the development of robust and effective climate policies.

DLA Piper recognizes that achieving the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement, requires collaboration between governments, businesses, and civil society. As a trusted legal partner, the firm is well-positioned to assist clients in navigating the evolving ESG landscape and aligning their business strategies with climate-related objectives. Through its participation in COP28, DLA Piper will actively engage in discussions, provide legal insights, and contribute to shaping the legal frameworks necessary for a sustainable future.

Your organisation’s social license depends on meeting stakeholder ESG expectations and driving performance through a well-articulated strategy. In ESG, as elsewhere, there are many more good plans than good performers.

We can support you at all stages of your sustainability transition and work with you on strategies and business models that are better for the planet, people, and purpose. Our integrated legal and business services can help you move from a culture of compliance to a culture of environmental performance.

Are you ready to start your journey with us? Feel free to reach out to our team. We are here to help!

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