What we do

In China, we help the government write better environmental laws, we train prosecutors and judges, and support local NGOs, so people can go to court to protect their environment

Our forests programme has long experience in helping people who depend on forests gain a seat at the table when laws are written, and when industry negotiates logging contracts. We know this is effective from our in West Africa, and now we are beginning to support people doing similar work in Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.

We work across Asia with governments, investors and civil society to accelerate the transition to clean energy and push for greener financial systems. We’re supporting national partners to highlight the environmental, financial and legal risks of continuing to invest in coal. We’re building legal capacity and pushing for strengthened climate governance and more sustainable business and investment decisions.

In Australia, our lawyers are supporting a group of people from the Torres Strait / Zenadth Kes to bring a world-first complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee for failing to act on climate change. The claim is supported by the leading land and sea council that represents Zenadth Kes traditional owners, Gur A Baradharaw Kod and environmental group 350 Australia.

Net zero engagement in Asia

The guide “Net zero engagement in Asia – A Guide to shareholder climate resolutions” is a resource for Asia-focused investors considering shareholder resolutions as a complement to broader corporate engagement options when exercising responsible stewardship on climate matters.

Our work on greenwashing 

There is a critical role for sustainable finance in enabling and facilitating the green transition. However, greenwashing has the potential to impede this transition by distorting the financial markets and undermining the effective allocation of capital.

Regulators and international bodies have begun to introduce standards and guidelines to address the various aspects in which greenwashing can arise in the finance sector. Enforcement against greenwashing is also on the rise, with a variety of regulators and actors commencing action against companies they consider to be misleading the market.

Our work in China

Environmental law has a huge role to play in cutting pollution and protecting the natural world. ClientEarth has been helping the Chinese government draft new laws, train judges and support environmental groups to bring cases against polluting companies and local authorities.

Community forestry

In Southeast Asia, deforestation is accelerating at an alarming rate, with devastating costs for biodiversity and forest communities. We are working to change this by helping design legal frameworks that protect local rights and empower communities to manage their lands sustainably.