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A specialist Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) panel of regional experts joined us for Business Not as Usual at the Museum of Liverpool. With over 200 members of the local business community joining us, the event was a huge success.

What is Business Not as Usual?

Hosted by DTM Legal and MHA Moore and Smalley, Business Not as Usual was an opportunity to champion ESG in Liverpool. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policy is often dismissed as a tick-box exercise but not for the business leaders that joined us for this event. The evening included an introduction from Paul Cherpeau, Chief Executive Officer at Liverpool Chamber of Commerce which was followed by a powerful speech from Professor Jo Meehan, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Business. Following on from the speakers our panel discussed trending topics in ESG before taking questions from the audience.

Paul Cherpeau ended his speech by saying ‘It is time for Liverpool, both public and private sectors, to raise the bar and I very much hope today’s event provides the catalyst to do just that’. This ended up being a reoccurring theme for the evening with the good number of attendees being a positive sign for Liverpool’s ability act as a leader in the topics surrounding ESG.

Our ESG Expert Panel

The expert panel for the evening included speakers from MHA Moore and Smalley, DTM Legal LLP, Liverpool One, Liverpool Chamber, National Museums Liverpool, Carbon Happy World, and University of Liverpool. With contributors from a range of businesses the panel covered a number of real world benefits they have seen as a result of good governance. Importantly the panel demonstrated that successful ESG policy requires involvement from all levels of an organisation and an intermingling of all three aspects of ESG. In contrast businesses that have struggled to implement good environmental or social policies might have the best intentions but in the cases discussed failed to develop a holistic strategy leading to stagnation of delivery.

We are very grateful to have been joined by such experienced and well informed local experts and look forward to partnering with Paul Spencer (MHA Moor and Smalley), Professor Jo Meehan (University of Liverpool), Paul Cherpeau (Liverpool Chamber), Donna Howitt (Liverpool ONE) and David Watson (National Museums Liverpool) again. We are confident that they will all continue to be driving forces for ESG excellence.

What comes after Business Not as Usual

We left the event feeling a great sense of enthusiasm for the future of ESG but also an awareness that action is required to ensure momentum is not lost. The DTM Legal and Moore and Smalley will be planning more ESG events for the future and we recommend following our quarterly newsletter to keep informed of future event announcements.

We also recommend following the speakers from Business Not as Usual so that you don’t miss any of their updates or visiting the Liverpool Chamber website for more details from the Business Not as Usual Event.

ESG Consultancy from DTM Legal

ESG legal considerations are not covered by any singular law but instead span an array of services. This is why we draw from a team of experienced solicitors when considering ESG policy. Often concerns for ESG can start with topics as simple as reviewing your company handbook or taking steps to cover Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Contact Tom Evans, Head of Employment by calling 0151 230 1217 or email to discuss your ESG governance.

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