2 November 20207 minute read

DLA Piper launches Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) portal to help clients thrive in a sustainable future

DLA Piper has launched a global Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) portal to help companies around the world transition to and thrive in a more sustainable future. The portal provides views and insights of sustainability and ESG-related topics from thought leaders around the world.

The Sustainability and ESG portal provides direct, online access to sector-curated publications, insights and thought leadership that address the global social, environmental, governance and workplace diversity issues clients are facing. These resources are designed to guide clients through both ESG-specific risks and new market opportunities, as well as support the creation and maintenance of robust ESG programs. Examples include DLA Piper’s public company ESG handbook, ESG: the rise of private ordering and the role of the NCGC Committee, and its guide for energy companies, Assessing ESG Factors in the Energy Sector.

The portal is a result of DLA Piper’s globally coordinated effort to formalize its sustainability and ESG client offering. It provides key contacts and sector-specific insights for clients in industries including Energy and Natural Resources; Consumer Goods, Food and Retail; Insurance; Financial Services; Life Sciences; Technology; Infrastructure, Construction and Transport; Media, Sport and Entertainment; Real Estate; and Industrials.

“Businesses are focused on enhancing sustainable strategies and navigating the transition to a low-carbon economy, and our aim is to assist them in the process of confronting the complex strategic, legal, financial and operational sustainability and ESG opportunities,” said John J. Gilluly III, US head of DLA Piper’s Sustainability and ESG Task Force. “We hope that providing this information will help companies create value over the long term in alignment with the sustainability and ESG topics relevant to their sector and business.”

“As a firm, we understand that clients operating in different sectors face unique sustainability and ESG opportunities and challenges. Our proactive sector-based approach to guidance is intended to assist clients globally as they navigate the myriad of sustainability and ESG topics impacting their businesses,” said Ann Ford, DLA Piper’s global co-chair of sectors. “We are pleased to leverage our impressive array of experience with clients around the world, coupled with our own commitment to these topics, to provide sustainability and ESG guidance to help companies grow and thrive.”

One such client collaboration with a significant social impact was recently recognized by Law360. In connection with T-Mobile’s now-approved merger with Sprint, Washington, DC deputy managing partner Edward “Smitty” Smith was named an 2020 Telecommunications MVP for his role in helping T-Mobile implement programs to reduce disparities in access to the internet and digital tools, as well as helping the company work with civil rights organizations to develop agreements on diversity and inclusion. “We’re working alongside our clients as they navigate sustainability and ESG challenges, serving as their trusted business advisor and helping them uncover opportunities they have to make change,” Smith said.

DLA Piper is equally committed to further developing its own already robust pro bono and diversity and inclusion programs. Through New Perimeter, DLA Piper’s nonprofit affiliate, the firm provides pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world to support access to justice, social and economic development and sound legal institutions. Pro bono efforts span a number of areas, from supporting asylum seekers and serving vulnerable immigrants to assisting food banks and promoting juvenile justice. The firm’s D&I recognitions and initiatives include its certification as a Mansfield Plus firm and an Inclusion Blueprint Champion for Firm Leadership; its ongoing partnership with New York University's Kenji Yoshino, Director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law; pipeline development efforts such as the Raja Gaddipati Fellowship; and professional development programs through the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).

DLA Piper’s global ESG Task Force is led by John Gilluly and Ann Ford in the US and by Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry and Natasha Luther-Jones internationally. Subscribe to receive the firm’s SESG updates here.