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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…
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Comments to the OCC on Principles for Climate-Related Financial Risk Management for Large Banks

These comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) support the OCC's draft principles on banks' management of climate-related financial risks, and offer recommendations for the OCC as it continues building on these principles with more detailed guidance. The comments recommend that the OCC consider: (1) providing…
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Public Comments Overwhelmingly Support the US Labor Department Proposed Rule Addressing the Inclusion of ESG Criteria and Proxy Voting in ERISA-Governed Retirement Plans

This analysis of public comments found overwhelming support for the Department of Labor's proposed rule Prudence and Loyalty in Selecting Plan Investments and Exercising Shareholder Rights, with 97 percent of comments in favor. The proposed rule affirms the ability of retirement plan fiduciaries to consider climate risk and other environmental,…
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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.