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Companies across all sectors around the world are facing a growing web of sustainability risks and opportunities. Whether tied to corporate accountability, carbon footprints, energy and resource use, consumer, community and shareholder expectations, or supply chains, this rapidly evolving landscape is delivering a host of new legal, governance, risk management, and regulatory issues as well as transactions and collaborations that can touch upon nearly all aspects of companies’ business models.

Covington provides insight and advice to general and compliance counsel, chief governance officers, chief sustainability officers, government affairs teams, human resources officers, finance and investment teams, facilities managers, and corporate boards to help them navigate this complex set of issues and to help realize their company’s sustainability goals.

How We Help Clients
Through the combined strengths of our regulatory, litigation, white collar, and corporate practices and our team of more than 120 former government officials, we take a multidisciplinary approach to addressing our clients’ sustainability-related legal challenges and business opportunities.

We combine our practice-leading capabilities in the areas of strategic counseling, corporate transparency and reporting, diplomatic and public policy insights, stakeholder engagement and partnership development, sustainability-oriented corporate venture investing and M&A, renewable energy project development, carbon market activities, and environmental regulation and compliance.

We engage the breadth of our global firm practices to provide seamless service on a wide range of matters, including:

Our Work
Our efforts to help clients with their sustainability initiatives have included policies and plans that give life to corporate commitments to reduce their carbon footprint, increasingly providing opportunities for the creation of science-based emissions reduction targets, more ambitious renewable energy generation and sourcing opportunities, more robust public reporting on sustainability trends and consequences, including a focus on water and waste use, and enhanced opportunities for creative corporate investments, partnerships, and other transactions. We also counsel clients on green marketing, sustainability-linked finance, and corporate governance as well as disputes and investigations pertaining to sustainability and ESG considerations.

NGO Memberships and Partnerships
Covington and several lawyers are active members or serve on the boards of a number of sustainability-focused NGOs that are working at the forefront of these issues, and the firm also sponsors several high-profile sustainability events and groups. These include:

  • American Council on Renewable Energy
  • C2ES
  • Center for Applied Environmental Law and Policy
  • CleanEquity Monaco
  • The Climate Group/Climate Week
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • Infrastructure Week
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance
  • Society for Corporate Governance
  • Transparency International
  • World Economic Forum – CEO Action Group for the European Green Deal
  • World Resources Institute
  • Chambers USA, Climate Change: Nationally Ranked
    • Gary Guzy and Kevin Poloncarz
  • Chambers USA, Environment
    • Kevin Poloncarz
  • Chambers Europe, Regulatory: Environment
    • Cándido Garcia Molyneux