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Environmental, Social & Governance Risk

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What the team is known for

Control Risks is a global risk consultancy with comprehensive investigative capabilities. Its ESG team includes Global Reporting Initiative-accredited sustainability professionals, and analysts familiar with SASB standards. The firm is well equipped to provide significant local expertise in some of the world's most challenging and high-risk markets, primarily offering social and governance consulting and risk management to investors, corporations, legal counsel, and NGOs.


"Do you want to investigate a supply chain that is front and centre in world headlines? You have to be terribly careful with the sources you cultivate and use to get intelligence on that. Control Risks are fantastic at that, and for getting admissible evidence in favour of your ESG case."

"They definitely have plenty of sources in different countries to get information, and they're hot on the migrant worker space at the moment."

Work highlights

Control Risks provided a community security assessment for an energy project in Senegal, in response to requirements for the developer to ensure its operations were structured in line with best practice in community engagement and social risk mitigation.

Notable practitioners

Maria Knapp is a partner at Control Risks and heads the ESG EMEA team. She is a key contact.

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Control Risks’ extensive geographical footprint and our 40+ years of on-the-ground experience means that we are well-placed to advise our clients on the ever-changing spectrum of environmental, social and governance risks.

Our teams have significant local and in-country experience with multi-disciplinary subject matter expertise in ESG. We provide clients with practical remediation advice that is sensitive to the realities of the situation, calibrated to the local environment, and focused on the most salient risk issues.

We have completed ESG mandates in jurisdictions across the globe and have local presence and first-hand experience in some of the world’s most challenging and complex markets. Our clients include investors (private and public), corporates and their legal counsel, and NGOs. Our ESG practice offers four main services:

 Supply chain risk and impact assessments, ESG screening and due diligence, social compliance and labour welfare consulting, and human rights investigations. In 2020 we introduced VANTAGE for ESG, which builds on our third-party compliance platform, providing specialised research on a third party’s ESG footprint and approach with country and industry risk analysis. It also includes a consulting component that allows our experts to design tailored solutions in line with specific needs and objectives.

Environmental, Social & Governance Risk

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