ESG Insider Archive

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Past Issues


December 2023 – ESG is not just carbon: Factors shaping the global supply chain in Canada

In the realm of environmental, social and governance (ESG), the spotlight is increasingly shifting to the significance of “S” in “ESG.”

November 2023 – Regulators in Canada and the U.S. are gearing up for mandatory ESG reporting & greenwashing enforcement

ASC confirmed it is developing safe harbour provisions to mitigate legal risk for companies regarding the unreliability of scope three emissions.

October 2023 – Should nature be your next priority for ESG disclosure?

As regulators mandate corporate disclosures on climate & supply chain due diligence, nature has emerged as a next key disclosure priority.

September 2023 – Mandatory disclosure deadlines – Guidance for in-house counsel

Canada is at the dawn of a new era of mandatory ESG disclosure, which requires lawyers to increase their knowledge in the ESG space.

August 2023 – “Game-changer”: Judge rules in favour of young activists in U.S. climate trial

The group of plaintiffs, aged 5 to 22, accused Montana state officials of violating their right to a healthy environment.

July 2023 – Release of International Sustainability Standards sets the stage for Canadian mandatory reporting

In June, the ISSB issued its first two standards: Disclosure of sustainability-related financial information and Climate-related disclosures.

June 2023 – Greenwashing crackdown expands across multiple jurisdictions

National authorities throughout the world are revamping and refining their advertising standards to address greenwashing.

May 2023 – Environmental targets & executive compensation: The gamble of unstandardized metrics

Executive compensation tied to environmental targets faces challenges due to the lack of standardized data and disclosure.

April 2023 – Confident in your board’s ESG competency?

In response to the increasing expectations, pressure and legal risk boards now face, we’ve outlined 6 practical steps to consider.

March 2023 – ESG disclosure requirements for Canadian financial institutions published

Canada’s Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions has set expectations for the management of climate-related risks.

February 2023 Looking Ahead to Climate-Related Reporting Requirements in Canada

Securities regulators in Canada and the U.S. are developing climate-related disclosure requirements for reporting issuers and registrants.

January 2023 – Modern slavery diligence law set for final reading in February 2023

A new law setting out due diligence and disclosure rules for forced labour and child labour in supply chains will receive its final reading in the House of Commons.


December 2022 – Climate Activist Groups and Government Target Deforestation and Forestry Industry

Eight leading environmental groups from across Canada have filed a complaint with the Competition Bureau.

November 2022 – CSA Targets “Overly Promotional” ESG Disclosure

Canadian Securities Administrators recently issued a report cautioning companies to avoid greenwashing claims.

October 2022 – Canadian Regulators Zero in on Greenwashing Claims

While mandatory ESG reporting is on its way, regulators are already investigating greenwashing claims at Canada’s largest bank.

September 2022 – Canada’s Climate-Change Carrot

A new initiative launched by the federal government aims to encourage private sector companies to develop net-zero plans.

August 2022 – Worried About Mandatory ESG Reporting?

We break down ESG disclosure mandates for Canadian companies, when they will be in effect and the legal risks they’ll present.

July 2022 – ESG Considerations for Canadian Agri-Business

The ag and food sector has become increasingly aware of the importance of performing well from an ESG perspective.

June 2022 – ESG Litigation and Enforcement Trends

For those who believe their company’s sustainability report or net zero goal can’t create legal liability, think again.

May 2022 – SEC Issues First-Ever ESG Enforcement Action

April 2022 – It’s Official: Mandatory ESG Disclosure Is Coming to Canada

March 2022Oil and Gas Companies Cannot Delay Net Zero Plans

February 2022 – Vague Net-Zero Plans Are Unacceptable

January 2022Canada Takes Significant Steps Toward Mandatory ESG Disclosure and Net-Zero


December 2021 – Companies Ignore ESG Risks at Their Peril