On October 30, 2023, CLECSS announced the results of its "2023 Best ESG Law Firm Awards". Han Kun claimed CLECSS's "Best ESG Law Firm Award – Best ESG Practice" and Han Kun partner Wei Quan was honored with the "Best ESG Lawyer – Gold Award".
The CLECSS Best ESG Law Firm Awards aim to raise ESG awareness (i.e., Environment, Social, and Corporate Governance) among law firms, and are committed to identifying Chinese and international law firms and lawyers with major and positive influence on promoting ESG practice in the industry. MioTech, a leading sustainable development technology service provider, contributed professional advice to the selection process this year.
Best ESG Practice
Han Kun has profound experience in dealing with many cases involving clean renewable energy.
Han Kun has established an ESG Committee dedicated to facilitating the sustainable practice of ESG principles in the firm, including: (1) supporting paperless electronic offices and taking various measures to promote the environmental protection concepts in the firm such as energy conservation and emission reduction; (2) actively participating in social welfare, supporting education, and promoting the development of the legal industry by establishing special scholarships, conducting practice-sharing courses in colleges and universities, making donations to fight natural disasters, and provide disaster relief and other means. Han Kun has hosted 12 consecutive Han Kun Youth Legal Scholarships and has participated in the postgraduate (foreign-related lawyers) joint education program and the Training Program for Lawyers in Western China.
Han Kun provides a clear and transparent career development channel, having established a professional training committee and a lawyer growth and development committee, and attaches importance to the career development of its employees. Han Kun's management team is gender diverse. Nearly half of all Han Kun's partners are female, and Han Kun's Party secretary is a female partner born in the 1980s.
Due to its exceptional performance in promoting diversity and inclusion, Han Kun won the 2021 Morgan Stanley Outside Counsel Diversity Awards and ALM's 2023 Asian Diversity Initiative of the Year.
Best ESG Lawyer – Gold Award
Mr. Wei Quan's practice focus on digital finance, fintech, finance ESG, and other matters. In the area of finance ESG, Mr. Quan advises financial institutions on their ESG internal control and compliance schemes and systems and assists financial institutions in embedding ESG due diligence and assessment steps into their traditional equity or debt investments. In addition, Mr. Quan also provides compliance advice regarding his clients' carbon emissions and their carbon neutral product designs. Mr. Wei Quan holds the CFA ESG Investing qualification issued by the CFA Institute and have founded "LevyESG", the first new media platform focusing on ESG legal compliance and knowledge sharing.