Sustainability

For over 15 years, Farella Braun + Martel has been assisting clients develop solutions to sustainability law and strategy issues.  We advise clients on establishing effective programs to manage sustainability issues related to products; operations; mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring; supply chain; building construction and renovation; carbon emissions; and stakeholder issues, among others.  Our work enables clients to develop systems and policies that conform to corporate citizenship and global, regional, and local or industry-specific sustainability standards, remain ahead of the rapidly evolving local, national, and global regulations, avoid potential adverse claims and exposure, improve operational efficiency, and enhance their brands and reputations.

Farella's Sustainability practice draws upon the skills of our attorneys experienced in relevant fields, such as sustainable development, environmental, business transactions, real estate and land use, product stewardship, air quality and climate change.  Our services include all aspects of sustainable development; sustainable master planning; environmental management systems; environmental, health & safety compliance; green and sustainable buildings; environmental product regulations, such as REACH, RoHS, and WEEE; corporate responsibility and global citizenship. We work with clients on greenhouse gas emissions strategies, carbon management and trading, energy efficiency, carbon footprint reduction, and a full range of corporate and strategic legal services to emerging clean technology and renewable energy firms.

We provide sustainability services to commercial businesses, public sector clients, such as cities, federal, state and local public agencies, and university and research facilities.  We have advised boards of directors on sustainability strategy development, sustainability supply chain management, and product and process life-cycle analysis and design for environment.  We have drafted codes of corporate social responsibility for several corporations and worked with consultants and our clients' product development and manufacturing engineers on technical, scientific and toxicological issues to coordinate regulatory compliance measures and liability defense. 

Farella has formally adopted a firmwide Environmental Policy committing the firm to sustainability in our business operations. Our environmentally conscious program addresses recycling and waste reduction, energy and natural resource conservation, pollution prevention and quantification and reporting of our greenhouse gas emissions. Farella Braun + Martel was certified as a green business by the San Francisco Green Business Program in 2006 and has successfully verified its greenhouse gas emissions inventory with the California Climate Action Registry, earning the distinction of Climate Action LeaderTM.

Sustainability Legal Services:

  • ISO, WEEE, RoHS, and REACH regulatory compliance
  • California AB 32 and the federal Climate Security Act of 2008 compliance
  • UN Global Compact, the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition, and the Responsible Care© program of the American Chemistry Council compliance
  • Carbon Disclosure Project and the Equator Principles
  • Environmental Management Systems and Sustainability Management Systems
  • Product labeling and end of life producer responsibility
  • Corporate non-financial reporting, green advertising, marketing and green claims, and green branding/brand protection
  • Health and safety planning and management
  • Sustainable building design and LEED certification