Since its foundation, Morais Leitão has had values such as environmental sustainability, the defence of human rights and the affirmation of democracy in its DNA. Corporate responsibility has always been a nuclear cornerstone of our mission and values.

Indeed, the history of Morais Leitão is based on the enormous relevance of the social and ethical impact of the legal profession and the contribution it makes to a more just, free and equitable world.

The decision-making process in line with ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) factors and the rules in preparation within the European Union regarding the respect for human rights and environment in the value chains of companies represent, for Morais Leitão, the continuation of the advisory services provided to a wide range of organisations to act in an ethical, responsible and sustainable manner.

At Morais Leitão, we have a multidisciplinary team highly specialised in ESG and human rights which, in permanent contact with the business, the academic and scientific community, responds to the diversity of ESG and human rights challenges and favours an approach based on the following principles:

  • Legal certainty, provided by a senior and experienced team, whose years of experience in the various sectors in which we operate, allows us to anticipate the desired results and the obstacles to be overcome, with gains of efficiency in the work developed, in alignment with the business strategy and objectives of the clients.
  • Specialisation and multidisciplinarity, due to the fact that it concerns a multidisciplinary team with expertise in Public Law, Banking and Finance, Corporate Governance, Compliance, Tax, Labour Law and ESG and Human Rights, whose understanding of the sectors and accumulated experience allows for a holistic approach in legal advice, which incorporates strategic analysis of sustainability and ESG and Human Rights risk management and enable us to anticipate, manage and prevent risks, and thus create value and security for the clients.
  • Use of innovation and technology, by taking advantage of the efficiency gains that new technologies can offer within the scope of sustainability issues, such as risk analysis in the value chain and legal analysis of identified potential and current impacts, allowing clients to monitor, minimise and manage risks, and thus making the provision of services and interaction with the clients as efficient as possible.
  • Recognition of Morais Leitão and its lawyers, in their various practice areas, for their professional rigour and competence and for providing a high-quality legal service that contributes to the sustainability and growth of their clients’ businesses.

What topics do we cover?



  • Renewable energy and energy transition
  • Climate change: challenges, risks and opportunities
  • Sustainable use and protection of water and marine resources
  • Transition to a circular economy
  • Emissions trading and carbon market
  • Environmental impact and pollution
  • Biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Animal welfare
  • Water, sanitation and waste
  • Soil and forest

Social and Human Rights

  • Human rights, including the right to integrity, liberty and personal rights, freedom of expression, information, assembly, demonstration and association, the right to participate in public life and political rights, access to courts, freedom of conscience, religion and worship and non-discrimination
  • Human capital: relationships with employees and customers
  • Forced and bonded labour
  • Child labour
  • Disabled citizens
  • Labour and trade union rights
  • Diversity, integration and inclusion
  • Stakeholder and community involvement
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Social innovation
  • Social rights, including the right to education, health, social protection, housing and family formation and maternity/paternity protection
  • Pro bono work


  • Prevention of corruption and bribery
  • Prevention of money laundering
  • Ethics and transparency
  • Cybersecurity
  • Compliance
  • Regulatory
  • Conflict of interests and risk analysis
  • Corporate governance: responsibilities, demands and sustainability
  • Due diligence 
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