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ESG Disclosure: Investor, Issuer and Standard Setter Perspectives

Recorded on: Apr. 17, 2018
Running Time: 00:57:26

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Taken from the Web Program Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2018 Recorded April 2018 in New York

ESG Disclosure: Investor, Issuer and Standard Setter Perspectives [00:57:26]

  • What are investors seeking to obtain through ESG disclosure?  What are issuers seeking to achieve by providing ESG-related information?
  • Is the SEC’s current, principles-based disclosure system working in this area?  Does it assist investors in getting what they want in SEC filings and, if not, why not?
  • Does the SEC need to be involved at all?  Are SEC rules relevant drivers of disclosure in this area? Why aren’t current corporate sustainability reports or other forms of disclosure sufficient?  
  • What’s going on outside the United States and what can U.S. issuers and investors learn from those efforts?
  • What is the importance of standards and standards setting on sustainability topics?  Is it possible to have consensus without a mandate? 

Moderator: Lona Nallengara
Speakers: Alan L. Beller, Katherine Collins, Katherine Kelly

The purchase price of this Web Program segment includes the following articles from the Course Handbook available online:

  • Making Sustainability Reporting Work for Investors and Companies (July 27, 2016)
    Alan L. Beller
  • Using and Enhancing ESG Investment Data (September 19, 2017)
    Katherine Collins
  • Excerpts on Sustainability Disclosures from Selected Comment Letters to the SEC’s April 2016 Disclosure Effectiveness Concept Release (34-77599, April 13, 2016)
    Keith F. Higgins
  • The State of Disclosure 2017, An Analysis of the Effectiveness of Sustainability Disclosure in SEC Filings
    Elisse B. Walter
  • Legal Roundtable on Emerging Issues Related to Sustainability Disclosure
    Elisse B. Walter

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  • ESG Disclosures Investor, Issuer and Standard Setter Perspectives
    Alan L. Beller, Katherine Collins, CFA, MTS, Katherine Kelly, Lona Nallengara
Alan L. Beller ~ Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Katherine Collins ~ Head of Sustainable Investing, Putnam Investments
Katherine Kelly ~ Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Lona Nallengara ~ Shearman & Sterling LLP
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