Last week, the law offices of Winston & Strawn announced the launch of its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Advisory Team. Co-chaired by Houston-based partners Mike Blankenship and Eric Johnson, the ten-member advisory team includes Mike Melbinger, a specialist in executive compensation and employee benefit programs and a frequently published subject matter expert here on Deferred Compensation News.
Proposed Department of Labor regulations on ESG investing (environmental, social, and governance) by retirement plans have drawn criticism from thirteen members of the US Senate. In a comment letter dated July 15, 2020, Independent party member, Senator Bernie Sanders, along with 12 Democratic Senators*, expressed “deep concern” over the DOL’s proposal “discouraging retirement plan fiduciaries from considering environmental, social, or governance (ESG) criteria in their investment decisions relating to ERISA-governed** retirement plans.”
ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance. Established to help define the environmental, social, and corporate accountability a company demonstrates and can document, the term ESG is often used to help prospective investors and current stockholders assess how a company aligns with the investor’s own principles of what is socially and environmentally ethical and acceptable. This report offers a timeline of how this direction has emerged and why it may presently represent one of the strongest drivers of U.S. economic direction both now and for the foreseeable future.
Mandated ESG Disclosure (Environmental, Social, Governance*) by publicly held companies moves closer to reality. The Investor-as-Owner Subcommittee of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee’s has voted 14-4 to approve a recommendation that urges the SEC to update the reporting requirements for public companies to include material, decision-useful environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors. The form the mandate …