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Board directors at risk of legal claims if they neglect nature-related impacts

To illustrate the risk of UK board directors facing personal liability for climate-related decisions, the opinion cites the 2023 ClientEarth v Shell case (Photo: Peter Boer/Bloomberg)
To illustrate the risk of UK board directors facing personal liability for climate-related decisions, the opinion cites the 2023 ClientEarth v Shell case (Photo: Peter Boer/Bloomberg)

Failure to consider nature-related risks could put UK directors in breach of their fiduciary duties and lead to personal liability, according to a new legal opinion

Boards should prioritise nature-related risks and integrate them in directors’ decision-making in order to avoid legal challenges, says a new legal opinion commissioned by environmental consultancy Pollination Law and the non-profit Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative.

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