Sustainable Investment Awards 2022

ESG research of the year, Africa: Webber Wentzel

Over the past year legal firm Webber Wentzel has published a host of articles, reports and analyses about environmental, social and governmental (ESG) developments across climate change, energy and private equity for an African audience.

A cross-jurisdictional assessment of the development of climate change-related legislation across the continent compares environmental laws and climate change questions across nine African countries to track the development of climate change legislation across the continent.

Centring on the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP 26), Webber Wentzel published a series of articles and radio interviews providing insight into what it means for South Africa and the continent as a whole. The COP 26 Insight Series consisted of 11 reports covering transport, technology, biodiversity, sustainable funding, and the just transition, emphasising the need for social inclusion to accompany climate action in Africa.

The firm also contributed the South Africa chapter of Linklaters' ESG Legal Outlook 2022, a forward-looking summary of global ESG themes and how they will translate into legal and regulatory developments.

"It is a great honour to receive this award and to be recognised as an ESG thought leader in Africa," said Garyn Rapson, partner, at Webber Wentzel. "As a firm, Webber Wentzel has really hit the ground running in the ESG space, engaging with our clients on topical ESG related business issues and also looking at ourselves from on ESG perspective and plotting our own organisational journey."