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Baker Botts Launches ACELAS Framework to Advise Companies on Environmental Justice Issues


HOUSTON, May 17, 2021 – Baker Botts L.L.P.’s Environmental, Safety and Incident Response Section announced the official launch of its ACELAS framework, which aims to advise companies on the design and implementation of an effective environmental justice program.

ACELAS, which stands for “Acknowledge, Commit, Engage, Learn, Act and Share,” provides collected learnings on practices for company-wide integration of environmental justice considerations and explains why this is essential for the success of businesses across all industries.

Environmental justice is a top priority of the Biden Administration and of many states, localities, and communities.

Additionally – as part of the global focus on corporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) programs – environmental and equity issues such as climate change have become a focal point for institutional investors who are demanding companies take measurable approaches to ensuring their commitment to taking care of the environment.

“To advance the ACELAS framework, we launched a series of digital shorts where we dive a little deeper on each letter of the ACELAS Framework and hear from industry influencers on why incorporation of effective environmental justice strategies is a business imperative in today's marketplace,” said Baker Botts partner Nadira Clarke.

In the first video, Clarke introduces the series and discusses the upcoming topics that will be covered. The series’ future videos will include other attorneys who are a part of Baker Botts L.L.P.’s Environmental, Safety and Incident Response Section, including Anne Carpenter, Lily Chinn, Alexandra Dunn, and others. All videos are accessible at:

The Baker Botts Environmental, Safety and Incident Response Section advances and protects its clients’ interests during the permitting process, before regulatory agencies, in the courtroom, at workplaces, and when a crisis hits.

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