Norton Rose Fulbright's 2021 Annual Litigation Trends Survey

Environmental, social and governance

2021 Annual Litigation Trends Survey

United States Publication March 7, 2022

Norton Rose Fulbright's 2021 Annual Litigation Trends Survey indicates that environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and related disputes are top of mind.

Companies in the energy and finance sectors specifically expressed a strong interest in ESG topics, with carbon neutrality being frequently mentioned.

In 2021, concern over ESG issues grew significantly. Of those surveyed, 37% said they were more concerned compared to 21% who said so in 2020.

Companies in the energy and finance sectors expressed the strongest interest in ESG topics, with climate change and carbon neutrality being frequently mentioned. Legal departments are highly engaged with ESG issues: most respondents said their group is highly or at least moderately involved, with only a small minority feeling this was outside their purview.

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