An Honest Conversation about ESG Regulation (SEC)

A letter recently arrived at my office advocating for mandatory ESG disclosures and ended by saying: “There is no Planet B.” … climate change deserves immediate attention …

1) How have you gauged what investors are looking for when it comes to ESG products? People have invested now around $2 Trillion into funds labeled “ESG,” “green,” and the like ...

2) To the extent you are focusing on minimizing risk and achieving high returns, what E, S, and G information specifically do you believe you need from issuers, and why? ...

3) How asset managers are currently seeking out this information ? ...

4) How have European disclosure mandates, such as the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, factored into this decision-making? ...

5) To the extent that you are looking to increase comparability of issuers’ disclosure, why is this important in the case of ESG? ...


Should we extend our oversight further, for example, to ESG-index providers and ESG-rating agencies, since so many “ESG” funds and investment products are derivative of their work? ...


Were the SEC to require new ESG disclosures, should we consider allowing them to be furnished rather than filed?


Should we consider a safe harbor, dependent on particular conditions such as the presence of cautionary language?


https://www.sec.gov/news/speech/roisman-amac-2021-03-19




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