The manufacturing sector is a driving force in economic growth and simultaneously a key influence in affecting positive environmental and social change. Whether it is sourcing of materials, the utilisation of natural resources, a shift to alternative energy sources or a change in working conditions, even small changes can make a big difference.
This also means that manufacturers are under even larger scrutiny to ensure their supply chains, labour practices and manufacturing processes are compliant and appropriate, particularly from your customers who are increasingly wanting suppliers to align to their values and help them achieve their own ESG goals.
Ensuring your business is sustainable and thriving is beneficial for all stakeholders and our team of specialist lawyers can help you navigate the regulatory landscape and set you up for the future with in depth knowledge of your sector and visibility of expected changes and trends that may present opportunities to your business.
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How Can We Help?
Our multi-disciplinary team can help identify and ensure you have visibility and comply with all your sector specific requirements and keep you abreast of what is happening so you can invest in the right practices to ensure your business is future proof.
Whether you are looking to build a new site, are considering alternate energy sources, need advice on waste, water or nitrogen neutrality issues or want to make your packaging more sustainable, our team of experts can help you navigate the regulations and identify the best option for you.
We can support you in managing many of your people related matters in a number of ways. Whether you want to outsource some of your HR function, need advice and representation in disputes or are looking to review or implement new policies and procedures, our award winning employment team can help you to achieve a productive, diverse, thriving workforce.
Whether you are a business in distress, looking to expand internationally, raise funds or restructure your organisation, our team can advise and help to assess the implications of different options to achieve the best possible outcome for all stakeholders.
Protection of your customers and business data as well as ensuring no disruption to daily business activities is critical for all manufacturing organisations. With our cyber security assessment and support with training and compliance on data privacy and GDPR, our teams are well placed to ensure you have the measures in place to keep your data and systems safe.
We specialise in managing and protecting intellectual property including design and brand rights, across borders and can offer a broad range of services including tax advice and implications and take down services across digital platforms.
To explore the wider range of services offered by Irwin Mitchell see our Legal Advisory Service Page.
Our Work In Manufacturing
Irwin Mitchell provided planning and environmental advice to a large motor manufacturer, in relation to the addition of rooftop solar arrays on the manufacturing plant, with a view to meeting the company’s net zero aims but also to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing plant in the short to long term. Another advantage is to enable the organisation to be energy secure.
I have loved acting for the waste management and renewable energy sectors and seeing how they have evolved over time. Using my platform and passion to articulate change bringing with it positive outcomes for the businesses I advise and the environment.
A key element to being in such a position is being able to share best practice amongst clients and my professional network enabling collaboration and the pollination of ideas is the way I see I can affect the greatest change for us all to take responsibility in meeting our future environmental needs.View Claire Petricca-Riding's Profile
Sustainability in business is about making a difference beyond short-term interests to build a better and fairer world for people and the planet with our finite level of resources. It doesn’t mean that business should not generate profit (far from it) but it’s long term value generation that will make the difference and comes from taking responsibility and having shared purpose at the centre.
When asked why this is important and urgent it brings to mind a quote from a film favourite - "There's a storm coming… batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you're all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us."View Hannah's Profile
For all ESG enquiries, please contact Claire Petricca-Riding, Partner, by phone or email.
Our specialist sports lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the sports sector, many of them coming from sporting clubs and organisations themselves. They bring this passion and experience to a broad spectrum of ESG related services tailored to this industry, from corporate governance and compliance to environmental planning of a new stadium to awareness training on Diversity and Inclusion. For more information visit our Sport Sector ESG page.
The manufacturing sector is at the forefront of both the challenges and opportunities of building a sustainable business. From energy and emissions and waste management to responsible sourcing and large diverse workforces and work environments, our multi-disciplinary team of experts can help with achieving both the short-term wins and long-term goals. For more information visit our Manufacturing Sector ESG page.
Whether you are a developer, investor or occupier, there are significant considerations to ensure that properties are built and operated efficiently and responsibly. Our expert legal teams can advise across multiple real estate sectors to assist you in complying with regulations and managing the environmental and social impact of any property or development. From implementing of green leases and issuing of environmental permits to sophisticated environmental planning expertise, the team can guide you to achieve your ESG goals. For more information visit our Real Estate Sector ESG page.
Consumer facing and retail businesses are often in the spotlight when it comes to being responsible businesses. Fair labour practices, hyper consumerism and waste, safe working environments, packaging and marketing claims are all in a day’s work for these businesses. Our diverse team of consumer and retail specialists can advise on how to anticipate and plan for ESG considerations in this fast-moving environment to protect your business and ensure sustainable growth. For more information visit our Consumer Sector ESG page.