Practice groupCorporate Sustainability and Risk Management

Mannheimer Swartling's Corporate Sustainability and Risk Management practice group advises on sustainability issues related to commercial law. Mannheimer Swartling consider sustainability to be an inherent and vital dimension of our advice across all areas of commercial law. The Corporate Sustainability and Risk Management practice group adopts a highly-integrated approach to sustainability. We work as an overarching practice group, drawing on the collective commercial legal expertise of our entire firm in advising our clients on sustainability matters. We also work with the firm's other practice groups to embed insight on sustainability into all of the firm's legal work.

We assist our clients in navigating questions of compliance, risk management, and value creation across the four quadrants of the UN Global Compact: human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. We combine advice on legal compliance matters with broader strategic guidance on sustainability, including adherence to international frameworks such as the UN Global Compact, the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Sustainable Development Goals and specific industry guidelines. This integrated approach is designed to help our clients manage their compliance, manage risk, engage with stakeholder expectations, realise their corporate mission and values, and create long-term value. The following illustration describes our approach:

Illustration of our approach

The lawyers in the Corporate Sustainability and Risk Management practice group are not only experienced in sustainability issues; they are experts in related fields of business law, with in-depth industry experience and a strong commercial focus. In advising on sustainability matters, we also draw on our experience of non-European markets. Our firm's presence in Russia and China, for example, positions us to advise our clients on how they should handle the complexities of doing business in important foreign markets. In locations where we have no offices of our own, we work with leading local law firms.

Our advice within the Corporate Sustainability and Risk Management practice group can be divided into three main areas: (i) sustainability in day-to-day operations, (ii) sustainability in transactions, and (iii) corporate investigations and crisis management. For additional information about our advice within each area, please click further below.

Sustainability in day-to-day operations

We help our clients to develop a proactive approach to compliance and risk management in their daily operations by providing advice on matters such as risk analysis; designing and implementing preventive measures; corporate governance; and regulatory requirements related to sustainability reporting.

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Sustainability in transactions

We assist clients in transaction contexts with sustainability due diligence and reviews in a wide range of industries, and we provide recommendations on how to manage identified risks within the scope of the specific transaction.

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Corporate investigations and crisis management

We assist companies and organisations within the private, public and non-profit sectors to investigate and manage potential or suspected errors, deviations, or irregularities in their operations.

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Strong support across the full spectrum of corporate investigations. Extensive expertise assisting clients with compliance concerns in areas such as anti-corruption, human rights, environment and labour conditions. Regularly handles corruption inquiries and risk management assignments both in Sweden and internationally. (Chambers Europe, 2016)

"When working with Mannheimer I always receive top advice and support. It is well resourced and the lawyers are very engaged with the client, very experienced and have great knowledge of international issues."  (Chambers Europe, 2016)

"These lawyers handle things very well; they do what we ask of them very professionally, respond within timelines and provide good memos. We are happy and confident with the firm's work." (Chambers Europe, 2016)