Comment from Securities Law Professors on SEC’s Climate Disclosure Proposal

A group of distinguished securities law professors have submitted a comment to the SEC on the proposed rule that would require additional disclosures about climate change. Some highlights [footnotes omitted]: —The Commission’s disclosure authority extends not just to information relevant to investor trading decisions but also to information used by investors in connection with the…

Nell Minow’s Comment to the SEC on Proposed Climate Change Disclosure Rule

VEA Vice Chair Nell Minow has submitted a comment to the SEC on File No. S7-10-22, Proposal on Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors. The full comment is attached below. An excerpt: Government regulation is most needed when there are collective choice issues or conflicts of interest. Both are the case when it comes to corporate disclosures….

CalPERS and Massachusetts PRIM Vote Against Chevron Directors

Massachusetts State Treasurer and Receiver General Deborah B. Goldberg today announced her opposition to the election of all members of the board of Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) ahead of the company’s annual meeting on May 25. “Last year more than 60 percent of Chevron’s shareholders voted for a proposal calling on the company to set…

Dark Money from the US Now Polluting the UK

Investigative reporting by Open Democracy found that a Koch-funded dark money organization has now extended its reach to the UK. Shadow climate secretary Ed Miliband said: “US right-wing groups with links to big oil are desperate to stop action against the climate crisis. Now they are trying to extend their reach into UK political debate.”…

Caterpillar Endorses As You Sow Climate Proposal

Caterpillar has recommended a vote in favor of the shareholder proposal on climate disclosures submitted by As You Sow. Resolved: Shareholders request that Caterpillar issue a report within a year, and annually thereafter, at reasonable expense and excluding confidential information, disclosing interim and long term greenhouse gas targets aligned with the Paris Agreement’s goal of maintaining…

68% of U.S. execs admit their companies are guilty of greenwashing

How can more than 80 percent of CEOs think they are in the top half on sustainability? And admit to greenwashing and not understanding sustainability? In a new survey of 1,491 executives across different industries around the world, CEOs and other C-suite leaders said that sustainability was a priority. But 58% also admitted that their…

SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance and Standardize Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission today proposed rule changes that would require registrants to include certain climate-related disclosures in their registration statements and periodic reports, including information about climate-related risks that are reasonably likely to have a material impact on their business, results of operations, or financial condition, and certain climate-related financial statement metrics in…