Lawyers are powerful advocates, champions and gatekeepers. How can lawyers leverage their skills to accelerate a just transition and move towards a new economic paradigm underpinned by a legal framework that works for all stakeholders?
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Moderated by Keya Advani, interm Executive Director of GAIL and Michael Ryland, Secretary, GAIL, with:
What does a just transition mean and why must lawyers play a crucial role in working towards it?
Carolina Henrique-Schmitz, Director of TrustLaw, opens this discussion fittingly by emphasising that collaboration across the sector and consideration of geographic differences are key to achieving a just transition.
Cliff Prior CBE, CEO of The Global Steering Group for Impact Investing, provides an inspiring overview of the global actions the GSG is taking, while highlighting the need for lawyers and investors to act now in the face of rapidly accelerating climate change.
Marcel Fukuyama, Head of Global Policy, and Holly Ensign-Barstow, Director of Stakeholder Governance and Policy, speaking for B Lab Global, outline the game-changing B Corp structure and the role of the B Corp community as a forceful voice reimagining economic paradigms.
Dr Natasha Matic, Executive Director, and Randall Krantz, Director of Strategy, of the Global Commons Alliance Accountability Accelerator, speak of the need to challenge corporate inaction on corporate climate commitments and to mobilise funding for grant-making to organisations working on the ground.
Matthew Gingell, Founder, and Becky Clissmann, Managing Director, of The Chancery Lane Project emphasise the crucial need to incorporate net zero commitments into contracts, noting that the just transition “is not just a job for environmental lawyers – it is a job for all lawyers”.
William H Clark
President, Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers
William recently retired as Senior Counsel at Faegre Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP, but continues to practice in the areas of corporate governance and general business law. He has served for many years as pro bono legislative counsel to B Lab and drafted the model legislation that has been the basis for the benefit corporation legislation that has been enacted in 39 U.S. jurisdictions and 7 other countries. He is the Reporter for a special committee of the ABA Business Law Section that prepared the comprehensive revisions of the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act approved in 2008 and 2021. He has served for over 25 years as the Reporter for the Title 15 / Business Associations Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and in that capacity has written all of the major entity law legislation adopted in Pennsylvania since 1988. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the American Law Institute, and a Pennsylvania commissioner to the Uniform Law Commission. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who in America. He graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College and received his J.D. magna cum laude from Temple University. He also has a masters degree in theology from Westminster Theological Seminary.
Dr Natasha Matic
Executive Director, Global Commons Alliance Accountability Accelerator
Natasha is a global strategist with 25 years of experience in philanthropy, environmental, social and governance strategies (ESG), and systems change. Natasha is the Executive Director of the Global Commons Alliance’s Accountability Accelerator. GCA is a network of organizations working at the nexus of climate and nature to scale science-based action to protect people and planet. Natasha is leading GCA’s Accountability Accelerator with a vision to drive convergence and collaboration among stakeholders and build accountability architecture that helps hold companies and cities accountable for delivering on their nature commitments in line with science, and contributing to the protection of the global commons in order to stay within our planetary boundaries.
Previously, Natasha served as the Deputy CEO and Chief Strategy Officer at the King Khalid Foundation, a leading philanthropic institution in the MENA, working on building the social development ecosystem and improve corporate sustainability practices. Fifteen years ago, Natasha co-designed the first ESG award and capacity building program for leading corporations in the GCC region.
Natasha holds a Ph.D. in Economic and Political Studies from Boston University and a Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia Business School.
Head of Global Policy, B Lab Global
Marcel Fukayama is an Impact Entrepreneur, Cancer Survivor and Cathedral Builder. He has been involved with different initiatives in the new economy. Co-Founder of Din4mo with objectives to empower entrepreneurs that solve social problems and to develop innovative structures that drive capital to both low income families and social enterprises. Having served the B Corp movement for the last 9 years, he founded the movement in Brazil, which is currently one of the largest global markets, and has since contributed significantly to its expansion in Latin America and the Caribbean as Executive Director of Sistema B International. He is now the Head of Global Policy at B Lab, the non-profit behind the B Corp Movement. Major in Business, MBA and MA in Public Admin at the London School of Economics. He is committed to work with the social society and policy makers and inspire innovation and new public policies. In 2018, he was part of the core team of the campaign for the Presidency of Marina Silva, a global environmentalist and former Senator and Minister of the Environment in Brazil. Having co-authored several parts of Mrs. Silva’s proposed government programs, this experience only reinforced the key role governments must play in accelerating systems change. Previously, he pioneered by creating one of the first internet cafés in Brazil at 17-year-old and served as CEO of CDI Global working with a network in 15 countries to use technology for social change.
Managing Director, The Chancery Lane Project
Becky Clissmann is the Managing Director of The Chancery Lane Project (TCLP) and a member of its Steering Group. TCLP is a global collaboration of legal professionals, which harnesses the power of commercial contracts to tackle climate change. Together, we create climate clauses that can be added to law firm precedents and commercial agreements to deliver climate solutions. TCLP works with lawyers and other professionals to ensure effective implementation of our clauses, across industries, practice areas and jurisdictions.
Prior to joining TCLP, Becky was a Senior Editor at Practical Law Environment and an environmental lawyer at Eversheds LLP (now Eversheds Sutherland). Before qualifying as a lawyer, Becky obtained extensive experience of climate change policy measures working for the Carbon Trust where she set up an account management service for FTSE 250 companies and large public sector organisations. Becky is a co-convenor of the UK Environmental Law Association’s Climate Change and Energy Working Group.
Becky’s passion for the environment is not just confined to environmental work. When she is not at work she can be found planting trees or herding pigs on the farm in Ireland that she and her husband are bringing back to life.
Cliff Prior CBE is the CEO of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investing – the independent agency catalysing impact investment to benefit all people and our planet, with a growing movement across 70 countries. The GSG recently developed the G7 UK Impact Taskforce, making powerful recommendations across standards, reporting and impact valuation, and mobilisation of private capital into emerging economies with a Just Transition approach.
Previously, Cliff was CEO of Big Society Capital, the UK’s wholesale social impact investor and market developer; CEO of UnLtd the UK foundation for social entrepreneurs; CEO of Rethink for people affected by severe mental ill health; and has also worked in healthcare, elder care, social housing and homelessness. Cliff has also participated as a government regulator and adviser across several social issue areas, and has co-founded social enterprises.
General Counsel, Oxygen House Group and Founder, The Chancery Lane Project
Matthew Gingell is the General Counsel of Oxygen House Group and the founder of The Chancery Lane Project. Matt has been instrumental in establishing a new doctrine of Climate Contracts: ground level commercial contracts creating global environmental outcomes. He is widely recognised as an innovator who is helping shape the UK legal profession as a force for good.
Head of Strategy & Partnerships, Global Commons Accountability Accelerator
With a background in energy and climate change, randall has been building partnerships to solve complex sustainability issues for over 20 years. At the Accountability Accelerator, we believe all stakeholders must work together and be supported by a multi-layered accountability architecture that ensures accountability for all. With accountability stakeholders each playing their coordinated roles, they can together create a robust and effective accountability ecosystem, rewarding corporate ambition and delivery, and punishing non-compliance. By using science-based targets as the baseline, building the materiality of nature into corporate decision-making will enable company implementation and positive impact on nature, climate and society.
Carolina Henriquez-Schmitz, Director of TrustLaw since April 2020, is an international attorney who has spent over a decade working to educate and empower lawyers to be proactive leaders in driving social change. Carolina is passionate about Access to Justice, Social Entrepreneurship and Human Rights.
Carolina joined the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2014 and was Regional Lead and Legal Manager until 2018. In that capacity, she worked with social impact partners in the Americas and beyond to develop strategic resources and skills-building opportunities in the fields of Inclusive Economies, Human Rights and Media Freedom. She spearheaded the development of TrustLaw’s Social Enterprise and Impact Investing trainings in the U.S., and pioneered TrustLaw’s virtual learning workshops and global corporate pro bono initiative. After two years away, Carolina returned to the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2020 as Director of the TrustLaw service, and now oversees TrustLaw’s strategy, team, relationships and impact around the world.