ESG, CSR and Business and Human Rights

Supply Chain Compliance and Corporate Social Responsibility

Ropes & Gray helps clients efficiently and effectively manage the increasingly complex, rapidly developing demands of Environmental, Social and Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility and Business and Human Rights compliance.


Navigating State Regulation of ESG Investments

Ropes & Gray is pleased to share an interactive website offering resources for monitoring the rapidly evolving legal and regulatory landscape concerning what role, if any, ESG factors should play in managing public retirement plan assets, and other related developments. Visit the website often for new developments and thought leadership. Sign up for our state retirement plan ESG investment updates mailing list here to receive updates.

Center of Excellence

Ropes & Gray has established a supply chain compliance and CSR website that has become a “go-to” resource for primary source materials for legal and compliance professionals. The website is frequently updated, and additional modules are being added.

In addition, we put out more intellectual capital relating to ESG, CSR and Business and Human Rights than any other law firm, both under our own banner and in conjunction with other leading organizations and influencers.  Sign up for our ESG, CSR, Supply Chain Compliance and Human Rights mailing list here.

Ropes & Gray has a leading ESG, CSR and Business and Human Rights practice. We offer clients a comprehensive approach in these subject areas through a global team with members in the United States, Europe and Asia. Senior members of the practice have advised on these matters for more than 30 years, enabling us to provide a long-term perspective and depth and breadth of experience that few firms can match.

The practice advises corporate clients, private equity and other asset managers and trade associations across a significant number of industries, asset classes and geographies. Some of the areas on which we advise and assist include:

  • Compliance with a wide range of enacted, pending and proposed regulatory requirements “soft law” instruments and industry and NGO codes of conduct, standards, frameworks and guidance, including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the SASB and GRI standards and the TCFD framework
  • Sustainable investment products
  • Impact and sustainable investments
  • Green bonds and other sustainable financings
  • Regulatory and voluntary disclosures and other communications
  • Transactional due diligence, including for private equity sponsors
  • ESG integration
  • Materiality and salience assessments
  • Structuring and implementation of tailored compliance policies, procedures, programs and codes of conduct 
  • Board advice
  • Training
  • Benchmarking
  • Public benefit entities
  • Stakeholder engagement, including shareholder proposals
  • Grievance mechanisms 
  • Special investigations
  • Risk mitigation/crisis management
  • Litigation, arbitration and National Contact Point proceedings
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