Why is Earth Day Important?

Earth Day is recognized by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national and local policy changes. The first Earth Day took place in the US in 1970, when over 20 million Americans called for increased protections for our planet. Held annually on April 22 around the world, Earth Day now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally. There is no other comparable annual event to highlight the importance of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and climate change more specifically.  

Earth Day highlights the increasing importance of ESG considerations to global businesses, particularly as new ESG regulations and guidelines emerge seemingly every day. At the same time, customers, employees and investors are exerting ever more pressure on companies to engage in business on ethical, accountable terms. Accordingly, Mayer Brown is joining thousands of organizations worldwide on this significant day to raise awareness and take action as we look to “Restore our Earth” – the theme of Earth Day 2021.

Recognising Earth Day Globally

Earth Day brings together millions of people to take action and send a clear message to world leaders to act on climate change, halt biodiversity and habitat loss by strengthening environmental protection policies and enforcement worldwide. Our Global ESG practice works with our clients to stay ahead of emerging legislation designed to enforce change. We work with some of the world’s leading corporations on their ESG requirements and goals. Learn more about our Global ESG practice



Looking Ahead | How ESG may affect refinancings and restructurings of Covid-Era Debt

As businesses emerge from COVID with a significant amount of corporate debt, the landscape in the financial markets have also evolved: The focus on ESG issues has intensified. It is timely to take stock of where we are and consider how ESG issues could affect refinancings and restructurings of debt going forward. This article highlights seven key potential development areas through considering recent legal developments, market practices and trends.


ESG and Directors’ Duties

As the world marks Earth Day 2021, and global leaders, and society at large, call for urgent action to combat “the coming disasters of climate change and environmental destruction”, it is an apposite time to consider the role of company directors in promoting positive environmental practices.


BCBS Issues Two Climate-Related Reports

On April 14, 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) issued two climate-related reports—one on climate-related risk drivers and their transmission channels and a companion report on measurement methodologies for financial risks.


ESG Investment Risks In Southeast Asia

In an article published by IFC Review, Mark Uhrynuk and Alexander Burdulia help asset owners make better sustainable investment decisions in Southeast Asia by outlining ESG investment risks in the region, as well as relevant risk mitigation strategies in public and private markets.



Ecolabels Survey & Overview

Whether ecolabels are an unfamiliar concept, or your business is beginning to undertake, or already underway with, an ecolabelling project we would be interested to hear your thoughts on this topic.