Helping companies achieve their sustainability and ESG goals while minimizing legal risk.
Beveridge & Diamond combines over 40 years of focus on environmental law and litigation, and experience with the full suite of sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues to guide companies in the vanguard of this increasingly important corporate metric.
B&D provides comprehensive, business-focused advice on corporate sustainability policies, programs, and communications. This includes disclosure of ESG information; developing environmental marketing claims; overseeing responsible sourcing and supply chain due diligence; establishing and reporting on sustainability goals; and managing other initiatives associated with the transition to a circular economy. We also help clients evaluate and avoid future risks and, when necessary, defend against claims brought by governmental entities, regulators, investors, NGOs, and consumers.
B&D sponsors the Association of Corporate Counsel's Environmental & Sustainability Network and we engage with corporate sustainability officers through, among other venues, our longtime sponsorship of the World Environment Center. We are also a founding member of the Law Firm Sustainability Network.
We work with the legal, corporate, communications, and environmental, health, & safety (EHS) teams at large and small companies in a wide variety of industries, ranging from specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronics, manufacturing, and oil & gas to consumer products. We also work with investors and private equity firms with ESG goals.
- Strategic advice on mandatory and voluntary disclosures.
- Regulatory counseling and compliance reviews.
- Interactions with federal, state, and international regulatory bodies and trade associations.
- Enforcement defense and litigation.
- Compliance with mandatory disclosure requirements, including SEC Conflict Minerals, CA Transparency in Supply Chains Act, EU Directive on Non-Financial Reporting, UK Modern Slavery Act, and emerging ESG requirements globally.
- Voluntary corporate social responsibility and sustainability reporting under various reporting frameworks, including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), and the Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
- Best practices for supply chain due diligence, including those relating to conflict minerals, responsible sourcing, forced labor, and human rights.
- Establishing and responding to supply chain expectations—including contract provisions and codes of conduct—for responsible sourcing, treatment of workers, and environmental performance.
- Drafting and substantiating product-specific environmental marketing content.
- Participation and compliance with ecolabel and certification programs, including best practices for self-certification and adherence to program requirements for logo usage.
- Tracking of shareholder resolutions seeking improved sustainability performance.
- Assessment of regulatory risks associated with marketing claims and disclosures, including FTC and SEC enforcement.
- Litigation risk analysis and mitigation, including claims by states, cities, NGOs, competitors, and investors.
- Litigation defense including state consumer protection laws and climate change impacts.