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The Green Mirage: climate lobbying and corporate greenwashing

Author: Jasmin Fraser and Jenni Ramos Date: 18 June 2024 Lobbying is common among businesses. But where does it cross the line from well-founded engagement to greenwashing? In this blog post, we highlight how the ‘say-do’ gap - the gap between what companies say they are doing and what representatives of their business or their…

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Private Roundtable: Global Regulatory Enforcement Approaches to Tackle Greenwashing: “Lessons to and from Asia”

 Authors: Param Pandya and Jasmin Fraser Date: 28 May 2024 The Commonwealth Climate & Law Initiative (CCLI) and the EW Barker Centre for Law and Business (EWBCLB), National University of Singapore, co-organised the 'Private Roundtable: Global Regulatory Enforcement Approaches to Tackle Greenwashing: Lessons for Asia' (the Private Roundtable) at the National University of Singapore. …

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What does the new UK legal opinion on nature-related risks and directors’ duties mean for climate risks and directors duties?

The CCLI’s Executive Director, Cynthia Williams, talks to the CCLI’s climate lawyers, Jasmin Fraser and Sarah Hill-Smith, about the new independent legal opinion on nature-related risks and directors’ duties in England and Wales commissioned by the CCLI and Pollination (the Opinion), and its significance for climate risks. To understand the importance of the Opinion with…

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Improving governance on nature-related risks and opportunities

The Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative (CCLI) has partnered with the Climate Governance Initiative and the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA), to publish a briefing for board directors on the Climate Governance Hub.   This briefing explores how companies are currently integrating nature considerations into their strategies by analysing six of the Nature Benchmark indicators (a 2022 – 2023 study assessing 769 companies),…

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Developments in climate-related litigation, disclosures and due diligence requirements: What board directors need to know

The Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative (CCLI) has partnered with the Climate Governance Initiative to publish this briefing for board directors on the Climate Governance Hub.  A resource for navigating the rapidly-evolving landscape of sustainability-related corporate responsibilities, this: updates previous briefings on climate change litigation, climate-related disclosures and ESG-related risks in value chains and  the…

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Australian company directors exposed to nature-related risk: new legal opinion

Under the Australian Corporations Act, nature-related risks are within the scope of directors’ duties to act with care and diligence, according to a new legal opinion dated 24 October 2023.  Authored by Sebastian Hartford-Davis and Zoe Bush, the opinion ‘Nature-related risks and directors' duties’ concluded that nature-related risks to a company should be regarded as…

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Primer on Climate Change: Directors’ Duties and Disclosure Obligations – 3rd edition

The Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative (CCLI) is delighted to have worked with the Climate Governance Initiative (CGI) to produce the third edition to the Primer on Climate Change: Directors’ Duties and Disclosure Obligations. This new edition delves deep into the material, financial, and systemic risks posed by climate change, offering valuable insights into the implications…

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TNFD beta v0.4 in a nutshell for corporates and directors

Author: Zili Duniya Bungwon Date: 17 April 2023 On 28th March the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) released the fourth and final prototype of its framework, which will be followed by its final recommendations in September 2023. The first three beta versions of the TNFD’s framework were released in 2022, followed by market pilot…

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Biodiversity as a material financial risk: What board directors need to know

In the context of recent global developments, boards need to understand all of the indirect, but very real, implications of biodiversity loss for their business.  This update draws out key points of the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative (CCLI) report: Biodiversity Risk: Legal Implications for Companies and their Directors to outline why biodiversity loss should…

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CCLI submits response to Transition Plan Taskforce consultation

The Transition Plan Taskforce (TPT) recently concluded a consultation on its Disclosure Framework and Implementation Guidance, which aims to develop a 'gold standard' for the disclosure of transition plans. The Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative (CCLI) responds to consultations in areas within our legal expertise on an ad hoc basis. We comment on how…

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COP15 – Key Takeaways for Corporates

 Authors: Zaneta Sedilekova (blog post), Jenni Ramos (Jargon Buster) Date: 23 January 2023 The 15th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, known as  COP15, took place in December 2022 in Montreal, Canada. It resulted in a long-anticipated Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), heralded as a Paris-style agreement for nature. The GBF is…

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Biodiversity Risk: Legal Implications for Companies and their Directors

Our brand new report authored by Jennifer Ramos and Zaneta Sedilekova ‘Biodiversity Risk: Legal Implications for Companies and their Directors’ explains that in order to discharge their duties and disclosure obligations, directors can ensure that risk management processes assess foreseeable biodiversity dependencies and impacts of the company for materiality and measure those that are material,…

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Momentum is gathering for the international biodiversity negotiations

On 7 December 2022, world leaders will meet in Montreal, Canada for the second round of the 15th Conference of Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to agree on the final text of Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), an agreement with an ambitious goal to reverse global biodiversity loss. As the world enters…

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New legal opinion cautions Philippine company directors to take climate change seriously or risk liability for gross negligence

28 November 2022, London – Directors of Philippine for-profit corporations must take into consideration climate change-related risks in the discharge of their fiduciary duties of obedience and diligence to fulfil their companies’ long-term legal, economic, moral and social obligations towards their shareholders and other stakeholders. Directors must do so in order to abide by the…

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