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Legal Compliance

As to ESG-related standards, codes, behaviours and other requirements which do not have the force of law, these are so numerous and wide-ranging that it would not be practicable to set out here even a small portion of them as examples. Whether any particular requirements of that nature are relevant to a business will depend on many factors, including the size and type of business.

As to ESG-related obligations and regulation of businesses which do have the force of law, although they are only a part of the totality of ESG requirements, standards, codes and behaviours, they are set to keep increasing. Such legal measures are already considerable and wide-ranging, and the following offers no more than a flavour of just a very few of them that might be relevant to businesses. Such legal measures include:

• Companies Acts’ requirements for certain companies to issue statements and reports on dealing with various ESG issues (including climate-related, environmental and other non-financial matters such as social and employee-related matters disclosures, as well as financial matters);

• Bribery Act;

• Modern Slavery Act;

• Equality Act;

• Health & Safety at Work Act;

• Common law obligations/duties, e.g. the law relating to negligence and nuisance;

• Consumer Protection Act (product liability); and

• Environment Act, Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations, Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations, Water Resources Act and various other environment law statutes.

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