We are excited to announce the launch of Latham’s newest Book of Jargon®: Environmental, Social & Governance. This comprehensive digital glossary of more than 1,000 ESG terms was developed for the business, academic, and legal communities. This Book of Jargon is being presented with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a global, CEO-led organization seeking to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world by making sustainable business more successful. Latham joined WBCSD in February 2020.

From “afforestation” to “coronavirus” to “zero waste,” The Book of Jargon® – Environmental, Social & Governance is an easy-to-use reference tool that helps demystify ESG terminology, verbiage, and lingo. It is designed to be an engaging and user-friendly resource.

ESG issues span disciplines and industries, with individuals and corporations seeking accurate information and astute counsel. Helping assess risks and evaluate opportunities in the ESG sphere requires a shared vocabulary. We developed this tool to help deepen conversations, enhance connections across sectors, and encourage and implement business-focused solutions.

Lawyers from across Latham’s departments collaborated to compile hundreds of terms, including frequently used words, more arcane terms, as well as terms related to the pandemic, such as “flattening the curve” and “social distancing.” They crafted concise definitions to help readers understand a rapidly expanding, increasingly important subject area.

The Book of Jargon® – Environmental, Social & Governance will only be available electronically: as an online web-based application/resource, and as a free mobile app on iTunes for Apple devices and on Google Play for Android devices. It can also be accessed on the firm’s website, including via the Environmental, Social & Governance Practice; Latham Sustainability; and Environmental, Land & Resources Department.