June 8, 2022
SEC Proposes to Enhance Disclosures About ESG Investment Practices
On May 25th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to rules and reporting forms to promote consistent, comparable, and reliable information to investors concerning funds’ and advisers’ incorporation of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations, according to a press release from the SEC.
“ESG encompasses a wide variety of investments and strategies. I think investors should be able to drill down to see what’s under the hood of these strategies. This gets to the heart of the SEC’s mission to protect investors, allowing them to allocate their capital efficiently and meet their needs,” SEC Chair Gary Gensler said.
Read the full press release from the SEC: SEC Proposes to Enhance Disclosures by Certain Investment Advisers and Investment Companies About ESG Investment Practices
ESG Strategy Disclosure – would require varied level of disclosure depending on the salience of ESG to a fund’s strategy.
Impact, Proxy Voting, and Engagement – would require certain funds that use proxy voting or engagement with issuers to advance ESG strategy to provide additional information on those activities as well as including information about the impacts they seek to achieve and key metrics to assess their progress.
GHG Emissions Reporting – would require ESG-Focused Funds that focus on environmental factors to disclose the carbon footprint and the weighted average carbon intensity of their portfolio.
What does this mean for me?
It is critical for firms to have a solid compliance program to ensure that policies and procedures are followed consistently. We will continue to follow the development of new rules and help you implement any necessary changes. Marketing review and ongoing testing of ESG procedures can help your firm survive scrutiny from the ESG Taskforce.
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