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President Joe Biden will order US financial firms to disclose the climate-change risks of their investments, adding to the wave of global regulation on climate and investment. The plan was announced on 7 April by US climate envoy John Kerry. Speaking at an IMF event on climate change, Kerry said the rules would be introduced […]

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Trustees face enforcement action if they fail to comply The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has warned trustees to act to meet new climate change regulations and warned it could take enforcement action against funds that failed to comply with their obligations. The TPR issued its warning alongside its new Climate Change Strategy aimed at driving the […]

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Fourty three new asset managers have joined the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative. Signatories managers commit to supporting the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner

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Trump’s anti-ESG influence is quickly starting to unwind

Trump’s anti-ESG influence is quickly starting to unwind ESG debate moves swiftly forward in the SEC under Biden’s administration A wave of ESG-related changes in the US administration under Joe Biden’s leadership is unfolding this month, marking the beginning of an unwinding of policies set out by his predecessor Donald Trump.  While the Trump presidency […]

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MEPs pave the way for higher environmental standards

MEPs pave the way for higher environmental standards New EU law on due diligence will also cover human rights issues MEPs are urging companies and investors to focus on sustainability by paving the way for a new EU law that requires them to address human rights and environmental standards. A legislative report, published on 10 […]

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SEC forms climate and ESG taskforce

SEC forms climate and ESG taskforce  Headed by Kelly Gibson, team will analyse firms’ data submissions around ESG The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has formed a new taskforce to focus on climate change and ESG-related misconduct. The 22-strong team will be headed up by acting deputy director of enforcement Kelly Gibson. This taskforce will […]

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SEC reviewing decade-old climate disclosure rules

SEC reviewing decade-old climate disclosure rules Original rules on climate-related disclosure were originally published in 2010 The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is reviewing its climate-related disclosure rules for companies, which have not been updated since 2010. In a statement, acting chair Allison Herren Lee said the regulator’s staff would be assessing how extensively companies […]

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SEC creates new senior climate change role

SEC creates new senior climate change role Regulator likely to pursue policies to incorporate climate risk as part of corporate disclosures President Joe Biden’s pledge that his inauguration would mark a sea change for climate policy is already in action with the creation of a new top-ranking climate role in the Securities and Exchange Commission […]

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DWP confirms climate risk rules for pension schemes

Trustees of occupational pension schemes with more than £5bn will be required to publish a TCFD report The government has confirmed details of how UK pension schemes will be required to report on climate change issues affecting their portfolios. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) confirmed this week that from October 2021 occupational pension […]

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Biden returns US to Paris Agreement and appoints proxy voting advocate

Allison Herren Lee takes the top regulatory job Joe Biden has already shown his commitment to acting on climate change, bringing the US back into the Paris accord and appointing Allison Herren Lee as acting chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Just hours into his presidency on January 20, Biden wrote to the […]

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