Corporate Social Responsibility Lawyers | McDermott Sustainability Practice

Sustainability, Impact & ESG


Your management of corporate sustainability issues can have a significant impact on your business’s standing and reputation with investors and other important stakeholders, and on your bottom line. Before making investment decisions, investors increasingly assess how well you integrate sustainable principles of value creation into your business for insights into your future financial performance. Other stakeholders seek to hold your business accountable for the environmental and societal impacts of your operations. To better position your business for long-term value creation, we offer experienced and knowledgeable legal counsel for establishing and maintaining effective sustainability practices. We also advise investors and other financial market participants with regard to sustainable investments, such as green bonds, and social and environmental impact finance transactions, as well as investments based on consideration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, which has become an important asset class worldwide.

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Representative Sustainability, Impact & ESG Experience

  • Investment Funds: Represented a family office in forming, structuring and operating a billion-dollar investment fund program focused on private investments in renewable energy, sustainable food and agriculture and ocean cleanup companies.
  • Corporate Power Purchase Agreements: Represented Unilever as the host customer and offtaker of third-party owned solar systems (rooftop and ground mount) at multiple Ben and Jerry’s production facilities in the United States, including negotiation of real property related access and easements required for construction of the systems.
  • Corporate Power Purchase Agreements: Represented Unilever as the customer purchasing the entire output of a 150 MW wind farm in Tom Green County, Texas for purposes of satisfying its nationwide corporate renewables goals.
  • Corporate Power Purchase Agreements: Represented the Sisters of Notre Dame, as the power buyer, in a power purchase agreement for the offtake of solar power for a hospital facility in Massachusetts.
  • Corporate Power Purchase Agreements: Represented the Catholic Archdioceses of Washington, D.C. in the purchase of solar power for several of its facilities in the Washington, D.C. area.
  • Electric Vehicles: Represented WABCO Holdings Inc. (WBC), a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, in its $10 million strategic investment in Nikola Motor Company, a leader in the design and manufacturing of hydrogen-electric vehicles, vehicle components, energy storage systems, and electric vehicle drivetrains.
  • Innovative Finance: Advised the GAVI Fund Affiliate on its entry into grant agreements with ten governments and a framework agreement with those governments, the International Finance Facility for Immunization Company (IFFIm) and the World Bank. Those grants are being used to finance bonds issued by IFFIm which provides upfront funding for accelerated vaccination programs organized by GAVI (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization) in 70 of the world’s poorest countries.
  • Impact Bonds: Advised on the ground-breaking, cross-border impact bond known as the “Utkrisht Bond,” from the Hindi for “Excellence.” The Utkrisht Bond is an example of how highly efficient use of capital can save lives. The bond aims to reduce the number of mother and baby deaths by improving the quality of maternal care in Rajasthan’s health facilities. The money will be used by service providers to improve access to and quality of care in up to 440 private facilities in Rajasthan, supporting government efforts to reduce maternal and new born deaths. Interventions will reach up to 600,000 pregnant women with improved care during delivery and could lead to up to 10,000 lives being saved over a five-year period. The transaction was widely reported on in the press and media, and it breaks new ground with its innovative features enabling cross-border funding to target social interventions around the world.

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