Responsible and Sustainable Business Conduct – Everyone’s Business

Nicole Bigby, Partner and General Counsel - EMEA & Asia, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, UK

Many leading businesses have recognised the importance of an integrated view of sustainability and responsible business conduct across their operations and business relationships as a key strategic priority for their long-term success. Why? Not only is it the right thing to do and smart business – it’s increasingly business critical.

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Environment Consultant November 2021 Vol.14, No. 57, Autumn 2021

Nicole Bigby


A business leader (and English and Australian qualified lawyer) who co-leads the Office of General Counsel, and ESG function of a global law firm, together with the firm’s client facing advisory work on responsible and sustainable business conduct and impact, business integrity and ESG, including human rights and the SDGs. In addition, appointed a Special Advisor to the United Nations Global Compact on corporate responsibility and business and human rights, 2014-16; and currently, a member of the B20 Integrity and Compliance Taskforce, WEF Global Agenda Council on Transparency and Anti-corruption 2019-21, UK Commissioner on the ICC’s Corporate Responsibility and Anti-Corruption Committee. A regular keynote speaker and commentator on strategic and business leadership issues including international governance, regulation and risk governance frameworks, public policy and business practice concerning responsible business conduct, human rights, ESG, social impact and the SDGs, purpose and trust in global business. Chambers Directory profile for (ESG – Global-wide: notable practitioner in BCLP’s Band 3 ranking and Business & Human Rights Law – Global-wide Band 1 and Eminent Practitioner): “Market observers consider Nicole Bigby of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP a "superstar" of the practice and generally "one of the innovative thinkers in the legal profession”. She is highly experienced in regulatory counsel, risk management, and dispute resolution for businesses on all manner of human rights concerns” and leadership role in creating a new legal and risk discipline underpinning Social and Governance aspects of ESG.

Environment Consultant November 2021 Vol.14, No. 57, Autumn 2021