Speaking Engagement

Stanford Law School: Voluntary Carbon Markets

Kirkland ESG & Impact partner Paul Barker will speak at Stanford Law School’s virtual conference on Voluntary Carbon Markets held on October 25, 2022 via Zoom. The event is co-sponsored by the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance, the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, and the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability.

This event will cover the following relevant topics for companies participating in Voluntary Carbon Markets (VCMs):

  • VCM history, context, and relative scale & importance in the overall effort to mitigate climate change.
  • The theoretical limitations of the markets themselves, both as healthy, efficient markets and also in terms of their actual climate impact.
  • Whether and how VCMs can contribute to an organization’s overall sustainability strategy.
  • If a company chooses to participate, what business and legal considerations are important (e.g., strategy, diligence), and how VCMs can be used responsibly.
  • Corporate governance: Where & how VCM participation should be owned within an organization, and how it should be reported without.

Learn more about the conference.