The New Normal of ESG Across Borders: Opportunities and Challenges for In-House Counsel


The state of New York, on December 9, 2020, announced that its pension fund with over $226 billion in assets would divest its oil and gas stocks in companies that, in its view, contribute to global warming. The announcement emphatically highlights how ESG factors (Environmental, Social and Governance) across borders represent business risks but also opportunities for companies, their stockholders, and their other stakeholders. In-house legal departments are the first line of defense to re-orient business operations to address global ESG issues and to identify risks. These challenges, risks and opportunities are creating additional demands on legal departments with constrained resources as they navigate this ?New Normal? in addition to their traditional responsibilities to stockholders. This two-day conference will provide in-depth critical analysis through three tracks that efficiently canvas each of the `E?, `S? and `G? elements. Through these three tracks, the conference will identify, explore, and evaluate key areas of relevance to in-house counsel wanting to navigate the numerous complex legal and operational issues raised by ESG in jurisdictions around the globe.

Key Speakers:

Craig Glidden, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, General Motors

Tim O?Connor, Senior Director, Environmental Defense Fund

Olga V. Mack, CEO, Parley Pro

Ashley Scott, Senior Counsel, Lime

In-House Executives: Several current and former General Counsel, along with numerous senior in-house counsel across various industries, including Google, Nestle, Microsoft, General Motors, Accenture, LexisNexis, Chubb, United Airlines, Liberty Mutual, OPEC, Lazard, Iron Mountain, Willis Towers Watson, Norsk Hydro, and Equinor.

ESG leaders: Leading ESG voices from law firms, non-profit organizations, and universities

Date and Location

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 2:00pm