Helping Clients Navigate Complex ESG & Business Human Rights Issues

Nearly every global business, regardless of its sector, faces increasing Environment, Social and Governance and Human Rights (ESG/HR) risks. There is a growing need for organizations to be able to anticipate potential issues, understand their business implications, and identify and leverage strategic ESG/HR opportunities.

We partner with our clients to guide them through the full spectrum of ESG/HR issues, helping them understand and manage the impact of ESG/HR on their businesses. Our team contributes to the success of our clients by helping them plan for long-term value, minimize the risk of future ESG/HR problems, and resolve such issues should they arise.

Global Interdisciplinary Practice

Our multidisciplinary team brings together leading lawyers from across our global practices to advise clients on legal risks and opportunities in this rapidly growing area of law.

Governance, Risk & Compliance

We advise on ESG/HR governance structures and compliance functions, including conducting gap and risk assessments, developing metrics for assessing ESG/HR programs, devising internal reporting systems, and establishing compensation metrics and key indicators. We conduct ESG/HR due diligence on business acquisitions, partnerships and joint ventures, and develop targeted and actionable plans for addressing identified risks.

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Stakeholder Governance

We advise companies to address the full spectrum of stakeholder governance-related opportunities and risks, including non-financial reporting and disclosure (i.e., diversity metrics), ensuring alignment with legal and voluntary norms, and helping boards and key decision-makers meet commitments under relevant regulatory and voluntary ESG/HR disclosure standards.

Government Enforcement, Investigations & Litigation

We conduct complex ESG/HR investigations and resolve ESG/HR-related disputes, whether arising from social or governance-related concerns, environmental or climate-change allegations, potential human rights issues, or disclosures.

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Global Legislation & Standards

We interface with governments, the UN, the EU and multilateral lending institutions, NGOs, civil society organizations, and multi-stakeholder initiatives, to understand existing norms and anticipate new ones, and to provide private sector perspectives.

Business & Human Rights

We advise the world’s largest and most sophisticated companies on complex human rights dilemmas, multifaceted international disputes, and growing global compliance obligations with unparalleled dexterity and expertise.

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Impact Investing & Sustainable Finance

We work with investors across the full-spectrum of ESG/HR investing strategies and advise on impact fund formation, capital raising, including green bonds and sustainability-linked and other impact-focused financings, due diligence, portfolio company performance, and impact measurement and management.

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Energy Transition

We advise energy industry participants and investors, guiding them in their pursuit of growth while helping them navigate regulatory uncertainty and technological advancements reshaping the energy landscape as the world works toward a low-carbon future.

Environment & Natural Resources

We provide strategic counsel for environmental regulatory work, and advise on complex and emerging areas of policy and regulation, including renewable energy, climate change, water and air quality compliance, sea level rise adaptation, brownfields remediation, and sustainable development.

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Shaping the developing ESG/HR landscape

Our team includes:

  • Former Director for Legal Affairs for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • Former Deputy Chief Counsel with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • A Strategic Advisor to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
  • A Senior Advisor to Business for Social Responsibility
  • The North American Advisor for the Global Business Initiative
  • The founder and editor of Paul Hastings’ first-of-its kind global study, Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Boardroom
  • Members of the Indonesian B20 Task Force on Integrity and Compliance
  • Experts to the G7

Insights & Resources


ESG - The Carrot
or the Stick?
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The Rise of Sustainable
Finance in Brazil
and Latin America
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Our Top 10 +1
Predicted Business
and Human Rights
Issues for 2022
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Regulatory Enforcement
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Your Key Contacts


Co-Lead, ESG and Human Rights practice and Vice- Chair, Investigations and White Collar Defense, Partner


Co-Lead, ESG and Human Rights practice, Investigations and White Collar Defense practice, Partner


Co-Lead, ESG and Human Rights Practice, Investigations and White Collar Defense practice, Partner


Global Chair, Employment Law practice, Partner


Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Counsel

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