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TechTalk Blog - US House and Senate Hold Hearings on US SEC Mandating Corporate Non-Financial Reporting to Support Growing $30 Trillion Sustainability Investing Marketplace

Interesting debate yesterday before the US Senate Banking Committee on the topic of expanding disclosures of US companies to include environmental, social and governance data besides just financial disclosures


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TechTalk Blog - US SEC Chair Indicates that Sustainability Reporting Part of Public Company Disclosure in "Not-Too-Distant" Future

As Broc points out in his most recent posting… “SEC Chair White not only indicates that a rule proposal regarding board diversity disclosures is coming soon, it highlights that the US SEC Corp Fin Staff is actively reviewing climate change & sustainability disclosures – and it could conduct rulemaking in this area soon too. Here’s an excerpt: “Currently, disclosure of sustainability information under SEC rules is being addressed by a combination of our materiality-based approach to disclosure, guidance on certain issues,[55] and shareholder engagement on a range of sustainability topics, whether through direct dialogue with management or our Rule 14a-8 shareholder proposal process. Although we are seeing increased disclosure and engagement on sustainability matters, we are taking a more focused look at such disclosures, particularly related to climate change, in our annual filings reviews


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TechTalk Blog - As Proxy Season Starts US Companies & Banks Begin to Disclosure Non-Financial Data to the Capital Markets as a Best Practice

The SEC itself acknowledged widespread investor dissatisfaction with the quality of mandated sustainability disclosures in an April 2016 Concept Release on Disclosure Effectiveness. 10 That said, there is no indication that the SEC intends to pursue regulatory changes relating to the so-called “mandatory” sustainability disclosures that must be made in SEC-filed documents, thus leaving the field open for “private ordering” to continue – in the form of voluntary corporate sustainability disclosures posted on company websites or otherwise appearing outside the four corners of SEC filings.”


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TechTalk Blog -- UNITED AIRLINES; REPUTATION RISK; FINANCIAL DAMAGE; NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE & FUTURE RISK MITIGATION

But nevertheless, the disclosure of controls to manage reputation risks through social media outlets is something few companies disclose in documents to the public or regulators



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TechTalk Blog - How to Talk to Investors on Non-Financial Reporting Disclosures to Attract New Capital

Importance of Diversity and Inclusion Having an active diversity and inclusion strategy and disclosing these metrics included in the financial report also builds the business case to attract an increasing number of investors looking for this additional data disclosure

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TechTalk Blog - Securities Regulators from Growth and Emerging Markets Seeking Comments on Sustainability Disclosures (CSR/ESG) & Role of Regulator in this Area

This also includes human capital data disclosure by companies including gender pay and pay ratio data including composition of boards of directors.

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