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November 2023

Companies Need to Start Adopting Sustainability as a Legal Duty

Sustainability as a legal duty?

A fundamental reset in investor-corporate relationships is underway. Sustainability threats to economic systems are prompting a paradigm change in our understanding of how directors’ and investors’ legal duties apply. This piece, co-authored by David and published by Bloomberg, looks at how.

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September 2023

EP 10: Interview with David Rouch - Investing for Sustainability Impact - Part 2

Episode 10: Interview with David Rouch - Investing for Sustainability Impact

David Rouch talked about the report "A Legal Framework For Impact" in the last episode. He discussed the impact of the report on financial services and how the law in England and Wales is changing to support sustainable investing. He also identified the main barriers to aligning financial flows with the Paris Agreement's objectives.

David Rouch is a financial services partner at Freshfields with expertise in sustainable investing.

Resources: You can access the “Legal Framework for Impact” report, here. You can learn more about David’s work, here.

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August 2023

EP 9: Interview with David Rouch - Investing for Sustainability Impact - Part 1

Episode 9: Climate Law Matters

In this episode, David provides an overview of the report. He explains what “investing for sustainability impact” (“IFSI”) means; and how it differs from other forms of sustainable investing, such as ESG. He sets out, in broad terms, the findings in the report.

Resources: You can access the “Legal Framework for Impact” report, here. You can learn more about David’s work, here.

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December 2022

Leading with purpose of the PRI annual conference 2022

With keynote from Emmanuel Faber, Chair, International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB)

Plenary -  Leading with purpose: asset owner expectations for the next 10 years

New climate commitments, greater reporting expectations and tighter manager monitoring are changing the relationship between asset owners and asset managers.

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October 2022

UK’s Update to Green Finance Strategy Response

David emphasizes the significance of policy recognizing legal responsibilities and 'green' initiatives, establishing precise objectives for 'green' activities, and tackling environmental limitations while emphasizing the necessity of collective action to attain favorable results.

Topics covered include:

  • The key characteristics of a leading global centre for green finance.
  • Whether the UK’s green finance regulatory framework is currently ‘world-class’ and notable areas in which it could be strengthened.
  • How progress towards becoming a leading global centre can be measured.

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