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On December 16, 2020, the SEC passed a new rule which will require publicly traded companies operating in the oil and gas industries to disclose payments that they make to foreign governments.

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December 21, 2020
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On November 30, 2020, shareholders in Pinterest, Inc. filed a derivative lawsuit in the Northern District of California against Pinterest and nine of its officers and directors.

December 9, 2020
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On February 20, 2020, the Financial Reporting Council (“FRC”) announced a shift in their reviews of company and auditor climate change risk disclosures…

February 25, 2020
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The 50th annual World Economic Forum, hosted by the Swiss non-profit International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, was held between January 21 and 24, 2020 in Davos, Switzerland (the “Forum”)…

February 10, 2020
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On October 8, 2019, the government of Japan hosted the first-ever corporate summit (the “Summit”) in Tokyo to discuss and guide implementation of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial…

November 25, 2019
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Glencore PLC, the British-Swiss multinational trading and mining company, is one of the latest to commit to take steps in line with investor initiative Climate Action 100+.

April 24, 2019
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On April 12, 2019, S&P Global Ratings (S&P) announced the launch of “ESG Evaluation,” a new benchmark designed to evaluate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.

April 19, 2019
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EEI’s member companies are leading the transformation to a lower-carbon economy through major capital investments in cleaner energy and smarter energy infrastructure.

May 31, 2018
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On March 9, 2018, UBS filed a Form 6-K with the SEC enclosing its EU-required corporate sustainability report. This filing marks a significant moment in the rapidly changing world of environmental…

May 8, 2018
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During the 2018 proxy season, the SEC has been taking a more nuanced, company-friendly approach to certain climate change and environmental protection shareholder proposals. Specifically, the…

April 27, 2018
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In response to a shareholder proposal that received a majority vote in 2017, ExxonMobil released Energy & Carbon Summary: Positioning for a Lower-Carbon Energy Future , a report outlining the…

April 10, 2018
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ESG reporting has been carried out for years in a variety of voluntary forums. However, we are now entering a new era where investors are demanding more information on climate and environmental risks…

April 9, 2018