Comment to the SEC: The Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors

From a comment letter to the SEC submitted by former Delaware Supreme Court Justice Leo Strine and others:

To frame our comments, we wish to underscore our starting position. If the only choice were to have the rule adopted as proposed, or to not have the rule, we would support adoption of the rule “as is.” Our reasoning is simple. The rule as proposed will help provide investors with uniform, more comprehensive disclosures and greatly enhance the availability of comparable, reliable data and information regarding climate change and its risks. A more than sufficient number of investors of all types have credibly claimed and demonstrated that these disclosures will allow them to make more informed and better decisions regarding risks facing and valuation of the companies making these disclosures, and are therefore material to them and appropriate for their protection.

In our view, the proposed rule is a core exercise of the SEC’s well-established authority to require disclosure necessary and appropriate to protect the integrity of our nation’s securities markets and the investors in those markets. Indeed, to conclude otherwise would upend settled understandings of securities law, and deny investors of all classes access to quality disclosures to make prudent investing and voting decisions on issues that affect the future of American companies and the American economy.

The Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors

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