20 February 2024 Press releases

Sustainability in the supply chain: GvW bundles expertise in the Green Trade Team

The law firm GvW Graf von Westphalen is further expanding its advice in the field of environmental social governance: The new Green Trade Team, led by Hamburg partner Dr. Lothar Harings, supports companies in all sustainability issues along the supply chain. In addition to compliance advice, the ten-strong core team focuses on the areas of strategy, crisis and litigation.

"Sustainable supply chains are not only of great importance to companies due to increasingly strict regulation, but also offer them opportunities and competitive advantages," explains Dr. Lothar Harings. "Those who meet the sustainability requirements in international trade create value and strengthen the resilience of their supply chain at the same time. With our many years of customs and export experience coupled with best practice in setting up risk management and analysis systems for supply chains, we support you in making green trade a success factor."

The lawyers' main areas of advice include the following topics:

  • LkSG and CS3D
  • Deforestation-free supply chain (EUDR)
  • Forced labor
  • CBAM
  • Circular Economy
  • Ecodesign
  • Critical Raw Material
  • Supply Chain Claims

Dr. Lothar Harings' team had already been working on sustainable supply chains at an early stage before the Supply Chain Duty of Care Act came into force. In the meantime, corporations and medium-sized companies have come to rely on the team's wealth of experience, which it incorporates into its advice with the relevant authorities.

Get to know our Green Trade team in our free webinar series from March 11 to 15, 2024 (register here [in German language]). You can also register here for our monthly webinar series Green Trade Talks (formerly LkSG Talks [in German language]), which we offer together with our partner osapiens, a leading software provider for ESG compliance.

The area of "ESG in the supply chain" is a central pillar of the firm's ESG advisory portfolio, which is coordinated and driven forward by Head of ESG & Sustainability Dr. Annika Bleier. In addition to full-service ESG advice, GvW also focuses on the topic of green infrastructure.

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