ESG, CSR and Business and Human Rights

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.


ESG, CSR and Business and Human Rights compliance strategies and programs are no longer “nice to haves,” but rather “must haves.” Increasing stakeholder expectations. New legal requirements. New risks and opportunities. And, if that isn't enough, developments are accelerating. We have you covered. Our team has been helping clients effectively and efficiently navigate these issues for more than 30 years. We 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 across numerous jurisdictions, “soft-law” instruments, voluntary standards, frameworks, guidance and industry and NGO codes of conduct
  • Regulatory and voluntary disclosures and other communications
  • Structuring and implementation of tailored compliance policies, procedures, programs and codes of conduct
  • Governance and board advice
  • Antitrust compliance
  • Stakeholder engagement, including shareholder proposals
  • Training
  • Benchmarking
  • Project plan development
  • Materiality, salience and human rights impact assessments
  • Transactional due diligence and ongoing monitoring
  • Surveys and data analysis
  • Fund structuring
  • Green bonds and other sustainable financings
  • Impact and sustainable investments
  • Public benefit entities
  • Compensation arrangements
  • Grievance mechanisms
  • Special investigations
  • Risk Mitigation/Crisis Management
  • Litigation, arbitration and National Contact Point proceedings

Rankings & Awards

Our team is widely recognized for their achievements. Examples include:


  • Ranked highly in Chambers Crisis & Risk Management Guide for Environmental, Social & Governance Risk Law (2022-2023)
  • Ranked highly in Chambers Global for Business & Human Rights Law (2020-2023)
  • Ranked highly in Chambers USA for Environmental Law (2017-2023)
  • Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards
    • Shortlisted for Diversity and Inclusion – Outstanding Firm (2022-2023)
    • Shortlisted for Pro Bono – Outstanding Firm (2022)

Legal 500

  • Ranked in inaugural Green Guide United States 2022

U.S. News

  • Ranked highly in U.S. News 2023 Guide for Best Law Firms for Environmental Law (2022-2023)

Other Awards

  • Recognized as an “ESG and Community Impact Leader” in The National Law Journal Legal Awards in 2022
  • Financial Times Most Innovative Law Firms in North America Awards 2022
    • Winner of Innovation in Sustainability for Clients Award
    • Commended in Sustainability
    • Commended in ESG
  • Shortlisted for the Real Deals’ ESG Award in 2023