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Please join Covington & Burling for an in-person briefing on Global ESG Legal and Policy Trends and Implications for Businesses in Africa

The global legal landscape regarding environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues is evolving rapidly. The landscape covers a broad range of topics -- from human rights and climate impact, to sustainability marketing claims and diversity and inclusion. Companies need to understand how the new world of ESG impacts their business operations and value chains.

In this session, two of Covington's leading ESG experts, Dan Feldman, Co-Chair of the ESG practice and former Chief of Staff and Counselor to Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry (2021-2022) and Hannah Edmonds-Camara, one of the founding members of Covington's Business and Human Rights (BHR) practice, will provide a primer for companies on key trends emerging from the U.S., EU and other global markets and their relevance for businesses in Africa.

Covington will discuss key legal and reputational risks and provide some practical pointers on preparing for and navigating the ESG storm.



  • Hannah Edmonds-Camara (Associate, London at Covington & Burling (Pty) Ltd)

    Hannah Edmonds-Camara

    Associate, London at Covington & Burling (Pty) Ltd


    Hannah Edmonds-Camara advises on a range of both international and domestic employment issues including drafting and implementation of policies and compliance programmes, international employment aspects of global transactions and contentious employment matters.

    She also has particular expertise in helping businesses navigate the evolving global regulatory and best practice landscape surrounding the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. Her experience includes advising on: the development and implementation of global human rights due diligence and ethical sourcing compliance programmes, including in response to pressure from NGOs, investors and regulators; human rights due diligence in an M&A context; global risk assessments; transparency and reporting requirements; design of project-specific human rights frameworks and stakeholder engagement strategies; assessment of downstream human rights risk; and conflict minerals compliance.

    Hannah gained valuable experience while on secondment to a large pharmaceutical client. She is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee, Public Service (pro bono) Committee, and Africa Initiative.

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  • Dan Feldman (Partner, Washington at Covington & Burling (Pty) Ltd)

    Dan Feldman

    Partner, Washington at Covington & Burling (Pty) Ltd


    Drawing on his prior positions in government service spanning multiple Administrations, former Ambassador Dan Feldman’s practice focuses on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) counseling, business and human rights (BHR), global public policy, as well as broader international regulatory compliance. He is a member of the firm’s Global Problem Solving initiative.

    As Chief of Staff and Counselor to Secretary John Kerry when he was appointed the first Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC) by President Biden, Dan helped drive the U.S. government’s international climate agenda, coordinating high level interagency policy-making, engaging with corporate stakeholders, and contributing to key bilateral and multilateral climate discussions, including last year's Leaders' Summit on Climate and the landmark UN Conference of Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.

    Previously, Dan served as deputy and then U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the U.S. Department of State in the Obama Administration, as Director of Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs at the National Security Council in the Clinton Administration, and as Counsel and Communications Adviser to the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He also has served as a senior foreign policy and national security advisor to a number of Democratic presidential and Congressional campaigns.

    Dan has extensive experience counseling multinational corporations on mitigating risk and maximizing opportunities in the development and implementation of their ESG and sustainability strategies, with a particular background in advising on BHR matters. He was one of the first attorneys in the U.S. to develop a practice in corporate social responsibility, and has been cited by Chambers for his BHR expertise. He assists clients in strategizing about their engagements with a range of key stakeholders, including Members of Congress, executive branch officials, foreign government officials and Embassy representatives, multilateral institutions, trade and industry associations, non-governmental organizations, opinion leaders, and journalists.

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