Responsible business

Our team can help you comply with the broad range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) regulatory requirements and shifting community expectations, as well as navigate opportunities to differentiate. Our holistic purpose-oriented service group offers a future-focused and risk sensitive view of sustainable and responsible business practice.
  • Climate risk and sustainability
  • Human rights
  • Governance and conduct
  • Sustainable finance and investment
Climate risk and sustainability

MinterEllison's international Climate Risk Governance team leads the market in considering climate change and sustainability through a commercial law lens. Our unique multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, risk professionals and auditors spans eight offices, and works closely with scientists, economists, financiers & international regulators to ensure that our clients have the benefit of global thought leadership in this dynamic risk area. Our subject matter expertise is combined with deep sectoral experience to provide an unrivalled commercial lens across climate-related risk, governance and disclosure law issues.

Led by one of the world's foremost experts on climate change and sustainability governance, investment and liability, Sarah Barker, our team advises on a range of issues including:

  • Annual report and other disclosure obligations (including TCFD advisory and assurance)
  • Directories duties, governance and due diligence assurance
  • Green finance structuring and product development
  • Carbon pricing and off set schemes
  • M&A and transactional due diligence
  • Contractual risk identification, allocation, negotiation and drafting
  • Supply chain risk assessments – upstream inputs and downstream distribution vulnerabilities
  • Stationary energy procurement and battery storage advisory
  • Electric and hydrogen vehicles advisory
  • Risk management structures, implementation and compliance Insurance policy review and claims handling
  • Executive climate and sustainability risk capacity building.
Human rights

Services include:

  • Modern slavery statement scoping, due diligence, planning and drafting
  • Supply chain risk assessments and audit, policy and contract reviews
  • Whistle-blower policy and protections advice
  • Human rights in the workplace (anti-discrimination, diversity and inclusion) advice
  • Anti-money laundering, bribery and corruption advice

Our human rights team sits across a number of practice areas including Corporate, Workplace, Infrastructure and Risk and Regulatory Consulting.

For more information, contact

Gordon Williams

Governance and conduct

Our services include:

  • Self-assessment support
  • Culture and accountability risk assessment
  • Reporting and benchmarking support
  • Remediation and complaints process assessment
  • Board obligations review
  • Remuneration and rewards governance assessment
  • Material issues governance, oversight and management advice

For more information, contact

Mark Standen 

Donna Worthington


Sustainable finance and investment

Our services include:

  • Green, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and social bonds advice
  • Sustainability-linked loan documentation and advice
  • Social enterprise and 'for purpose' governance
  • Social procurement policy and advice
  • Capital and business structuring support
  • Impact and responsible investment transactions

Our responsible finance and investment arm uses specialist finance expertise to build relationships between corporate partners and social ventures, and helps social enterprises develop sustainable governance and advantageous structuring arrangements.

For more information, contact

Keith Rovers

John Elias

The landscape is changing

In an environment where an organisation's character is under as much scrutiny as their capability, it is critical for businesses to demonstrate their commitment to environmental, governance and broader social concerns. In practice, they are focused on illustrating that they operate fairly, causing no harm to people or the planet in their day-to-day operations. Better still, businesses that demonstrate a positive social impact have enhanced credibility and brand status in the eyes of shareholders, customers, employees and the community.

Businesses are responding to rapid changes in the regulatory landscape, as environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns move from the fringes of Board, executive and auditor consideration towards the core. Supply chain and operations, sources of capital and leaders' decisions are now scrutinised for environmental and human consequences, and are intrinsically linked to long-term business growth.


Climate Risk Governance

How will your business continue to thrive in a 'net zero' economy? What is your climate risk roadmap and strategy? We can help.

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