Put simply, ‘greenwashing’ is a misrepresentation of the sustainability credentials of a company, or of its products or services. Heightened demands on corporate sustainability compiled with elevated scrutiny from external parties make navigating the risks associated with ‘green’ claims more demanding. This webinar will discuss practical steps for how companies and boards can reduce legal and reputational exposures.
Sarah Barker MAICD
Partner, Head of Climate Risk Governance, Minter Ellison
Sarah Barker is a Partner, and Head of Climate Change & Sustainability Risk Governance at MinterEllison. She has more than two decades' experience as a corporate lawyer, and is regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on climate change risk assessment, strategy and liability. She brings a unique practical lens as a director of one of Australia's largest super funds, the $30 billion Emergency Services & State Super. Sarah is a faculty member of the Cambridge University's Institute for Sustainability Leadership's Earth on Board programme, and has been a facilitator of the AICD's flagship Company Directors' Course for more than 15 years. She was the instructing solicitor on a brief to Mr Noel Hutley SC widely cited as authority on directors' duties and climate change.
With the elevation of climate change to a key issue for shareholders, investors and value chain stakeholders, Australian companies are under increasing pressure to set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets towards 'net zero'. Recent cases demonstrate how a failure to set sufficiently ambitious targets, adequately explain targets, or credibly pursue targets, can lead to 'greenwashing' litigation risk for both companies and their boards. Join this webinar to hear from leading legal advisors on how 'greenwashing' risks commonly arise, and practical tips to manage them:
- When does 'greenwashing' risk arise?
- Setting targets – what first?
- Communicating targets – say what?
- Implementing targets – what now?
You will hear from senior legal specialists and directors to gain ideas for better practice.