Whether you are a corporate executive, board member, or asset manager, you need Dunlap Law's insights on sustainability factors (Environmental, Social & Governance) and disclosure.

Sustainability management creates long-term value

Sustainability in a business first emerged in the late 1980’s focused on environmental concerns.

Since then, it has evolved into a comprehensive business management discipline dedicated to understanding and managing all non-financial risks.

From cybersecurity to water scarcity, reputational risk, labor issues, supply chain vulnerabilities, or greenhouse gas emissions, every business has unique sustainability issues and stakeholders who care about it.

Companies that understand and measure sustainability performance outperform their traditional peers.

ESG risks and opportunities


Climate Change
Hazardous Waste
Natural Resources


Human Rights
Consumer Protection


Board Accountability
Executive Compensation
Stakeholder Relations

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Dunlap Law uses sustainability expertise to advise companies and investors on the fast-maturing world of sustainability and integrated reporting, including:

  • SASB

  • GRI

  • “Green Guides”

  • EU reporting directive

  • and other legal and quasi-legal frameworks that impact performance, strategy, and communication.

Investors Get it

Proactive management of ESG risks and opportunities is now at the core of private equity strategy because it creates value. Sustainability in a business increases value.


A 2014 study by the London Business School found that 85% of the largest PE firms feel pressure to integrate ESG management strategies into their overall strategy for managing portfolio companies.

Investors in publicly-traded companies are also seeing value in ESG. Since 2011, CalPERS has used ESG metrics to guide $157 billion it invests in public companies. CalPERS is not alone:

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Standards for Sustainability in a Business

SASB standards are the first and only sustainability disclosure standards tailored to unique, industry-specific risks, based on evidence of material impact, and aligned with U.S. securities laws governing corporate reporting on SEC filings.

fsa credentialIn 2013, Tricia joined the Advisory Board of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and served on the Consumption Industry Working Group, giving SASB feedback on proposed sustainability standards for companies in that economic sector.

Working with a small team of other SASB Subject Matter Experts, in 2014 and 2016 Tricia helped create the Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) Level 1 and Level 2 credentialing exams. Tricia is proud to hold the credential she helped create.

Climate Change and Your Industry?

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Climate change risks are ubiquitous across industries.

Whether from regulation, risks to infrastructure or supply chains, or transition risks as the global economy shifts to low-carbon technologies, every business faces challenges linked to climate change. 85% of Institutional Investors want more information from companies on how they are managing climate risks and opportunities. Read more about sustainability in a business here.

Ready for sustainability guidance?

Schedule a free phone call with Tricia Dunlap to discuss your organization's sustainability and integrated reporting.