Investors are calling COVID-19 the 21st century’s first “sustainability crisis” as companies with a long-term focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) are proving to be more resilient. ESG factors are therefore becoming increasingly relevant to investors in their analysis of material risks and growth opportunities, as well as to clients in their assessments of their outside vendors (including legal counsel). While the rest of the world has been making strides in ESG, it is still a relatively new conversation in Asia— one that is quickly advancing as a result of COVID.
Janet Levy Pahima, of Herzog Fox & Neeman, and Sarah Barker of MinterEllison have led the development of ESG practices in their respective firms. They will explain why ESG is relevant in today's business environment, what you and your clients need to know, and share the expertise needed to build an ESG practice.