Agency FilingFinancial DisclosureFinancial Regulation

Comments to the SEC on Reasoned Explanation for Its Proposed Rule on Climate-Related Disclosures

This letter focuses on two aspects of the justification provided by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its proposed rule on climate-related disclosures. First, the letter evaluates the Commission’s rationale for using prescriptive—as opposed to principles-based—disclosure requirements for climate-related financial risk. Second, the letter evaluates the Commission’s rationale for…
Alex Song
June 17, 2022
Agency FilingFinancial DisclosureFinancial Regulation

Comments to the SEC on Regulatory Precedents for Its Proposed Rule on Climate-Related Disclosures

In her dissent from the Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed rule on climate-related disclosures, Commissioner Peirce describes the SEC as “discover in a long-extant statute an unheralded power to regulate ‘a significant portion of the American economy’” and impermissibly transforming its regulatory role into that of a “Securities and Environment…
Alex Song
June 17, 2022
Blog/News ArticleFinancial RegulationRegulatory Activities

How a Proposed Department of Labor Rule Would Help Protect Retirement Savings From Climate Risk

This blog explains how a Department of Labor proposal would help protect Americans’ retirement savings by highlighting the financial relevance of climate change; undoing harmful Trump administration rules; affirming that fiduciaries should consider ESG factors like climate change when relevant to investment risk-return analysis; applying the same rational principles to…
Alex Song
March 14, 2022
Agency FilingFinancial RegulationRegulatory Activities

Comments on Department of Labor Proposed Rule on Prudence and Loyalty in Selecting Plan Investments and Exercising Shareholder Rights

These comments support a Department of Labor proposed rule that clarifies that retirement plan fiduciaries should consider climate risk and other ESG factors whenever relevant to financial risk-return analysis for investment and proxy voting decisions. The comments additionally offer suggestions on potential improvements to the proposal for the Department's consideration.
Alex Song
December 13, 2021