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Senior Counsel – Environmental – ESG Legal

$143,300- $286,700/ year
Posted May 31
Full Time
On Site
Chicago, Illinois

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 114,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader, creating breakthrough science to improve people’s health. We’re always looking towards the future, anticipating changes in medical science and technology.

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, You Can Do Work That Matters, Grow, And Learn, Care For Yourself And Family, Be Your True Self And Live a Full Life. You’ll Also Have Access To

  • Career development with an international company where you can grow the career you dream of.
  • Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO
  • An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution
  • Tuition reimbursement, the Freedom 2 Save student debt program and FreeU education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.
  • A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.
  • A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.

The Opportunity

This position works out of our Abbott Park or Willis Tower location in the Legal Division.

As the Senior Counsel – Environmental, you’ll have the chance to provide direct oversight for complex elements of Abbott’s global Sustainability program at the corporate level.

You will partner with internal clients including Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) to identify climate and environmental risk areas and to communicate such risk areas to management along with action plans to address risk. You will provide oversight and assistance with education and training and serve as a legal advisor to multiple internal EHS programs in the sustainability space.

You will be responsible for the supervision of legal analysis, risk assessments and remediation of issues on a multitude of environmental topics.

You will partner with internal clients including Global Sustainability on environmental topics and projects related to Abbott’s 2030 Global Sustainability Plan goals and targets.

What You’ll Work On


  • Provides leadership and guidance on complex legal and regulatory issues, analyzes alternatives, and works with other parts of the Legal Division, as appropriate, to propose solutions on environmental topics.
  • Tracks and evaluates new and emerging global legislation, regulations, and guidance on environmental, sustainability and safety issues including emerging contaminants, environmental justice, GHG reduction schemes and accounting methodologies, and EU regulatory frameworks.
  • Reviews regulatory and industry trends and recommends responsive actions and program modifications, where appropriate. Keeps abreast of developments of laws/regulations and develops best practices in processes and procedures in addressing environmental issues.
  • Partners with EHS, Finance, and Global Sustainability on voluntary and mandatory climate related and environmental liability and chemical restriction reporting.
  • Partners with internal clients including Global Sustainability on environmental topics and projects related to Abbott’s 2030 Global Sustainability Plan goals and targets.
  • Provides oversight to corporate and/or divisional clients and their processes to ensure compliance with corporate, divisional and affiliate environmental related ESG policies and procedures including those related to Abbott’s internal EHS and sustainability programs and targets.
  • Partners with EHS, Licensing & Acquisition, and Corporate Real Estate on EHS/ESG due diligence for business and property transactions.
  • Possesses in-depth knowledge of Abbott's businesses and knowledge of the broader business impact. Serves as SME for environmental legal issues
  • Assists in developing, updating, and implementing a comprehensive training program on complex ESG and divisional/affiliate policies and procedures.
  • Along with the DVP ESG Legal, leads the external reporting of program results in line with local regulations.
  • Leads cross-functional teams on other complex issues or projects.

Required Qualifications


  • JD or foreign equivalent required.
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience with, or exposure to, business functions such as compliance, legal, regulatory affairs, government affairs, and finance.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Understands legal requirements of various US and international environmental laws including, but not limited to, the pending SEC Climate Regulations, California Climate regulations, EU Directive on Corporate Social Responsibility, REACH and RoHS, EPA regulations and other ESG laws and is able to translate these regulations into processes and controls for Abbott.
  • Familiarity with voluntary reporting frameworks such as the Climate Disclosure Project, TCFD and TFND.

Apply Now


  • Participants who complete a short wellness assessment qualify for FREE coverage in our HIP PPO medical plan. Free coverage applies in the next calendar year.

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The base pay for this position is $143,300.00 – $286,700.00. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.