On March 10, 2021, the UK government concluded its public consultation on climate risk regulations under the Pension Schemes Act 2021. The government is now analyzing public feedback and preparing consultation conclusions.

In a new podcast, Mayer Brown Counsel Beth Brown provides background on the Pension Schemes Act 2021 and outlines the regulations in the

Eye on ESG is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day, a global celebration and platform to showcase women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements and to promote equity.

Today, Mayer Brown and many other organizations around the world are standing together and choosing to challenge—to acknowledge the proactive role that employers have to play in

The UK’s Pension Schemes Act 2021 recently received Royal Assent on February 11, 2021. The Act addresses a range of initiatives intended to strengthen protections for pension scheme members, including a framework for new climate risk-related governance and reporting requirements for trustees of larger pension schemes.

The government is currently consulting on the details of

The NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business published a report in January 2021 finding that US corporate Boards suffer from inadequate expertise in financially material ESG matters such as human rights.

In a survey of 1,188 Fortune 100 Board directors, only 18 (or 1.5%) had any experience or credentials relating to human rights. Findings amongst Board directors outside the US are unlikely to be very different. The Stern report found limited expertise across the full range of ESG risks (beyond human rights to climate change, water scarcity, pollution, #metoo, #blacklivesmatter, employee diversity, cybersecurity and bribery and corruption) and questioned whether “today’s Boards [are] fit for today’s challenges and opportunities“.

In this Blog Post, we discuss what Boards should do to address this capacity deficit.


Continue Reading Business and Human Rights – Are Boards Equipped to Address Emerging Risks?

As the focus of lawmakers, regulators, shareholders and society at large increasingly turns to ESG issues, and the extent of legislation, regulation and expectation in this area grows, directors and officers must be mindful of how their duties are evolving, and of the greater scrutiny (through a perhaps unfamiliar lens) that will be applied to

The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption (PIAC) is responsible for carrying out independent investigations into corruption and other sanctionable practices within the AfDB and AfDB-financed operations, and for developing preventive measure to mitigate the risk of such practices. PIAC’s recent annual report for 2018 and 2019 (

On December 16, 2020, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), by a 3-2 vote, adopted final rules requiring annual disclosure on Form SD of payments by SEC reporting companies engaged in the commercial development of oil, natural gas or minerals (resource extraction issuers) to certain governmental entities. The new rules should combat

On January 14, 2021, the Financial Services Commission (FSC) announced a series of measures to improve corporate disclosure rules in South Korea, including initiatives to promote ESG and responsible investing (the “Measures“). The Measures include the implementation of mandatory ESG disclosures for listed companies and potential changes to the Korean Stewardship