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Other Voices: SEC proposes changes to ESG reporting requirements

Thursday, June 09, 2022

Authors: Jon Jurva and Amy Antoniolli from law firm ArentFox Schiff.

Many investment funds, advisors, and companies have been working to incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into their investment practices, but the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed new disclosure and reporting requirements that will mandate a common disclosure framework for demonstrating "concrete and specific measures taken to address ESG goals and portfolio allocation."

Many investment funds, advisors, and companies have been working to incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into their investment practices, but the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed new disclosure and reporting requirements that will mandate a common disclosure framework for demonstrating "concrete and specific measures taken to address ESG goals and portfolio allocation." The SEC seems to be taking steps not only to tamp down on the practice of "greenwashing," but also to ensure companies provide investors with consistent, comparable, and reliable information. The proposed requirements would apply to registered investment advisors, registered investment companies, business development companies, and certain advisors that are exempt from registration but still use ESG factors in their investment strategies.

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