ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance)

Davis Polk is among the handful of law firms that the world’s leading enterprises consult for their most sensitive environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) advice. 

In an era when investors, customers and business partners are increasingly focused on ESG matters, companies are being scrutinized using a variety of checklists and ratings systems. We serve as trusted advisers to boards, board committees, members of senior management and in-house counsel on the full range of ESG matters. We work with our clients, which include publicly traded and privately held companies and private funds, to ensure that their ESG policies and practices are appropriate for the company and reflect the board’s best judgment in light of changing business, market, legal and regulatory conditions. Our lawyers know that an effective ESG strategy requires not only mastery of the rules, but also mature situational wisdom.

Briefing: Governance

Our blog reports on current topics in environmental, social and corporate governance, securities law and executive compensation.

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  • Chambers USA – Band 1 among New York law firms in Environmental Transactions, 2004-2019
    • Clients note, "They have incredible experience and depth of resources, and they win clients over with their top-notch service and knowledgeable practitioners."
  • U.S. News & World Report “2019 Best Law Firms” – Recognized as a top Environmental Law firm nationally and in New York City

Most of our corporate governance partners are listed among the very best practitioners in their fields by legal guides such as ChambersLegal 500 and IFLR1000.