Lawyers for ESG integration

Ethical Legal Advice for Business

and a just transition

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SURYA ADVISORY

Our Vision
and Mission

A world in which the legal sector steers businesses towards Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) integration.

Our purpose is to support and lead key stakeholders that are committed to the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights (UNGPs). We do this by using our legal expertise to integrate dialogues, methods and processes for ESG alignment, do no harm and positive impact into daily decision making and project level activity.

LAWYERS HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY

Lawyers have a role to play in creating, supporting, and leading the development and integration of ESG methods and processes. Our unique and non-conventional legal additionality is two-fold. First, we consciously choose to provide legal advice to work that is aligned with the SDGs and the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights. Second, we work as a broad church and are legal supporters to the ESG ecosystem of SMEs, corporates, investors, export credit agencies, development finance institutions, state owned enterprises, governments, developers and associations. We also work with NGOs, community associations and curated action research projects housed within leading universities. We offer services in sustainable finance, land rights, climate & biodiversity.

SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability means many things. It is an immense field that is simply too big for any legal service provider or stakeholder to have a comprehensive handle on. We do not have all the answers to ESG, but we do see the challenges and opportunities and we have the people centred additionality that conventional legal service providers do not have. We are proudly anti green and purpose wash. We are pleased to share our methodology that keeps us accountable to our vision and mission.

LEGAL SERVICES
LEGAL SERVICES | SPECIFICS

We support the momentum for a fair and equitable transition and seek to act as a legal guide for stakeholders to navigate this fast moving landscape. We use the law, regulatory developments and scientific research as our evidence based anchor for triggering an ethical mindset.

Within our focus areas we do the following:

  • Translate and define material legal Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) components

  • Identify your corporate stakeholders
  • Horizon Scan and Future Benchmark for Legal and Regulatory Developments that will materially impact your business

  • Communicate what is at stake to you in the fast moving arena of litigation risks. This includes financial sector litigation risk, its cost to you and specific mitigation measures to take now
  • Design and implement sustainable and human rights ‘do no harm’ based due diligence at early project design stage and cocreate future proof compliance and corporate governance strategies
  • Conduct research and convene legal ESG integration information sharing workshops and curated knowledge explainers.

ESG, LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

We advise companies, investors, and civil society on the importance of placing local communities and indigenous peoples’ rights to land and a healthy environment at the heart of early project design and implementation. We convene healthy dialogues. Because development induced displacement & human rights violations should not be part of corporate footprint.

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