Environmental, Social and Governance

We advise on all legal matters relating to ESG

Kickstart your ESG transformation with PwC Legal

Sustainability has been a central issue in international debates for several decades. The first strategic sustainability blueprint was developed by the United Nations in 2015 in the form of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. With the European Green Deal, the European Union also adopted strategic goals for sustainable economic and climate policies, aiming to achieve zero net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. These have been followed by a steady stream of new rules and legislation at national and international level. Similarly, investors and consumers have clear expectations about ESG and sustainability. Thus, fulfilling ESG criteria is no longer merely ‘nice to have’ but is key to long-term success for almost all companies.

Is your organisation ESG ready?

Our ESG experts can support you to assess the sustainability of your organisation from a legal perspective. We understand the relevant issues and have excellent knowledge of currently applicable regulations. Obtaining a thorough understanding of the risks helps you to make the right decisions to transform your company into a sustainable organisation.

Our Expertise

Our all-round ESG legal advice covers the following areas, in particular:


  • Sustainable finance
  • Investor-related rules and obligations concerning sustainability topics
  • Green leases and building certifications / green buildings
  • Environmental law and industrial plant law
  • Adapting your strategy for climate change
  • Maintaining biodiversity and a healthy ecosystem
  • Sustainable use and conservation of natural resources
  • Transition to a circular economy


  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Equal pay
  • Compliance with labour law standards, particularly on pay, working conditions and upskilling
  • Employee health and safety
  • Remote work
  • Compliance with supply chain rules


  • Anti-corruption measures
  • Whistleblowing tools
  • ESG and unfair competition
  • ESG KPIs for bonus systems
  • Sustainability and the business judgement rule in management decision-making
  • Data protection