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Sustainability Quarterly – February 2022

Market Insight
21 February 2022

Our Sustainability Quarterly magazine features the latest innovations, legal and regulatory updates, and sustainability-related news from across key global markets.

This feels like a particularly appropriate moment to arrive in your inboxes: a new year, optimism that the worst of Covid might finally be behind us, and – crucially – just long enough since COP26 to be able to put into meaningful perspective the implications of all that happened in Glasgow. As we report, the conference brought the role of private and public organisations, governments and individuals into sharp focus. HFW partner Alessio Sbraga, who attended the conference, details the central themes and outcomes.

We also cover the first in a series of HFW Sustainability webinars where Jason Channell, Head of Sustainable Finance at Citi Global Insights, discusses with Peter Zaman the role of sustainable finance in a post-pandemic, climate-challenged world, and why we can feel encouraged about the progress being made.

We have our usual roundup of ESG-related legal and regulatory developments, an interview with Coutts’ Responsible Investing Director, Karen Ermel, and advice from Barry Vitou to companies to review and verify ESG claims in light of the huge uptick in ESG investment.

We welcome your engagement and feedback, so if you have comments about this edition or would like to find out more on our sustainability expertise, please feel free to contact me or one of HFW’s Industry Group Leads or Legal Services Heads.

Giles Kavanagh
Sustainability Partner

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