Standouts discuss risks and opportunities, but few report financial implications
May 31, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Ceres and CookESG Research released a new tool for identifying corporate disclosure of human and workers’ rights risks and opportunities in annual financial filings. The tool covers more than 5,000 U.S. and foreign companies’ filings (10-K, 20-F and 40-F) to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
by Rebecca Adamson, Native American economist, Founder and President, First Peoples Worldwide
“The fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline has implications beyond the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. It is a fight for everyone who wants clean air, clean water, and gender equality. As governments increasingly prove incapable or unwilling to protect these things, citizens are turning to the market and the market is responding.”
Since its implementation, the Dodd Frank Act Section 1502 (Conflict Minerals) has had a widespread effect in the United States. From the Securities and Exchange Commission, to NGO’s, to both private and publically held companies, and all the way to the self-educated consumer, everyone is involved in the discussion.
The SEC has proposed new disclosure rules to require companies to make it much clearer to investors how compensation for top executives is linked to financial performance. Correlations between corporate executive pay and shareholder returns are hard to extract from current reports. The proposed new rules would mandate consistent, pay-for-performance metrics that make such links easier to evaluate.
BOSTON, April 17, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Just one day after BP adopted a shareholder resolution to support better carbon asset risk disclosures following disappointing global oil demand and low oil prices, 62 institutional investors representing nearly $2 trillion in assets called on the Securities and Exchange Commission to push for better disclosure by oil and gas companies of critical climate change-related business risks that will “profoundly affect the economics of the industry.”
On June 2nd, a rule in 2010’s Dodd Frank Act took effect. It requires U.S. companies with products that might contain conflict minerals to report to the SEC on whether those metals came from mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Four rare elements—gold, tin, tungsten, and tantalum—power our many devices, from computers and tablets to phones and game stations.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mary Schapiro have taken up leadership positions with the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB). Bloomberg has been named as board chair and Schapiro as vice-chair of the organization.
The SEC has ruled that postings on social media such as Facebook and Twitter are as officially valid as newswires and company websites for releasing material information. That judgment was the result of an investigation into Netflix after a Facebook post by CEO Reed Hastings was followed by a rise in the company’s stock price. The SEC has cleared Netflix of any violation of Regulation Fair Disclosure, Reg FD, which requires that non-public, material information be distributed broadly, and not selectively disclosed.