Growing environmental awareness and concern worldwide is changing the way companies operate. From emissions trading to harnessing clean and renewable energy sources, sustainable business initiatives are gaining ground in markets across the world. Corporate environmental programs are rewarded with tax breaks and subsidies. But accountability standards are higher and sanctions, more severe. Repercussions from missteps are more resounding, from loss of public trust to criminal liability.
At Baker & McKenzie, we have a long-standing commitment to helping companies fluently respond to the risks — and opportunities — of environmental law and regulation anywhere around the globe. We also take our shared responsibility of protecting the environment very seriously, collaborating on many international efforts to promote and uphold sustainable business practices, including climate change initiatives. Our team of more than 300 environment lawyers delivers innovative and commercially realistic advice, and our quality of work is ranked among the best in the world's league tables and directories.
Baker & McKenzie's Environment and Environmental Markets Practice brings together its more traditional environmental law practice with its climate change, carbon markets and water practices to form a dedicated Environment and Environmental Markets Practice Group which more accurately reflects what we believe is the future of the way in which environmental issues will be regulated and is more reflective of the approach many of our clients are taking. We continue to offer clients traditional environmental and planning law advice as well as advice in relation to clean and renewable energy markets, waste and biodiversity as well as the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries.