Sustainability is the only way to guarantee the future of the world we share. For many years now, it has been one of Garrigues’ key strategic pillars, on two fronts:
As a tax and law firm, we help our clients on the road to sustainable development, in the conviction that sustainable companies will emerge stronger from any challenge. We bring know-how, experience and common sense to a constantly changing, disruptive and at times confusing landscape that requires a globally coordinated response underpinned by science and the law.
As an organization, we are committed to pursuing our activities in accordance with the UN Global Compact and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We work to ensure diversity and equal opportunities and to protect the environment, minimizing our greenhouse gas emissions and fostering wider environmental awareness.
The experience we bring to clients is also a product of our own commitment as a firm. Garrigues has been mainstreaming sustainability into its strategy and business model for many years: we were the first law firm to publish an integrated report; our early signature of the UN Global Compact in 2002 gave rise, among other things, to an explicit commitment to protect the environment through preventive measures; we have drawn up an annual carbon emissions inventory since 2004; and we constantly strive to ensure the most responsible consumption of natural resources and provide the most sustainable spaces.
The Garrigues Eco-Efficiency Plan is our roadmap to more responsible consumption, more sustainable spaces and a lower carbon footprint. Garrigues has committed to a more efficient, responsible and circular use of natural resources.
The Eco-Efficiency Plan, applied throughout the entire value chain, is based on four core concepts: improved energy efficiency at offices; powering offices with electricity from renewable sources of guaranteed origin; use of an internal price on carbon; and reducing environmental impacts from our offices and from business travel. The goal: more responsible consumption, more sustainable spaces and a lower carbon footprint.
GARRIGUES SUSTAINABLE SERVICE LINES
Sustainability, which encompasses environmental, social and governance factors, among others, is one of the keys to long-term value creation for companies, and entails myriad challenges and opportunities for our clients worldwide. Conscious of this and of the competitive edge gained by companies that take a holistic approach, Garrigues led the way 20 years ago in creating G-advisory, a technical consultancy arm specializing in energy and ESG matters that has led technical due diligence reviews and projects in over 35 countries. In 2011 the firm launched the corporate governance and corporate social responsibility service line. Today it provides advisory services under the umbrella of Garrigues Sustainable, a multidisciplinary resource comprising experts in all areas of business law as well as in major business sectors and specialist sustainability-led niches.
We help companies promote a compliance culture throughout their entire value chain by advising them on the design of management systems and organizational and internal control models. We also help them create corporate compliance programs.
We provide advice on good tax governance, best tax practices and policies and tax compliance systems. We advise clients on how to best cooperate with tax authorities and we prepare tax transparency reports.
We advise boards of directors on sustainability-related legal obligations and good governance recommendations (duty of care, transparency, etc.). We also assist them in defining policies, evaluation methodologies and risk control mechanisms.
We analyze the situation at companies and advise them on best practices for gender equality, work/life balance, occupational health and safety and human rights. We also provide support in collective bargaining of the related plans and policies.
Our team delivers legal and technical advice to companies on the transition to a low-carbon economy and the implications for business, as well as on the application of international, national and local legislation.
We provide technical and legal advice on green deals (bond issues, loans, etc.). We help companies define their ESG frameworks and the legal structure of the sustainability components. We also provide second-party opinions.