In March, SEC Commissioner Allison Herren Lee (then Acting Chair) highlighted various SEC initiatives on climate and ESG, and issued an invitation for public comment on climate disclosure. The questions in her statement are considered by many market players to be a prelude to proposed mandatory disclosure regulations.
This is a historic opportunity to shape the responses of U.S. financial markets to climate change and other ESG factors. While many advocacy groups are weighing in, the SEC is expected to give significant considera.tion to the view of investors.
Join us to learn about how to submit your own letter to the SEC and/or to sign onto letters crafted by interested organizations. Some initial comment letters are available here, although most will be submitted closer to the June 14 deadline.
Our speakers include:
Tyler Gellasch is Executive Director of Healthy Markets and a leading capital markets policy expert whose opinions and insights are frequently sought by regulators, members of congress, market participants, and the press. His public service included five years as Counsel in the US Senate, as well as service as Counsel to then new SEC Commissioner Kara M. Stein.
Isabel Munilla is the Director, US Financial Regulation of Ceres and leads advocacy strategy for US financial regulators in the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets to ensure regulators urgently address climate change as a systemic risk.
Professor Cynthia A. Williams joined Osgoode Hall Law School in 2013 as the Osler Chair in Business Law; and holds a part-time position as Professor of U.S. Corporate and Securities Law at the Vrije Universiteit (VU), Amsterdam. Previously, she was a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois College of Law, and practised law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City. She writes in the areas of securities law, corporate law, and corporate responsibility, often in interdisciplinary collaborations. Professor Williams authored the 2018 Petition to the SEC calling for expanded environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure.
Moderator: Kim Leslie Shafer focuses on impact investing in various capacities: immediate past Chair of Aeris, the Advisory Practitioner Council of the Harvard Business School’s Impact Weighted Accounts Initiative and the Accelerating Impact Committee of High Water Women. She works as an expert witness and consultant and serves on boards, including the advisory committee of a credit hedge fund. She is a former Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns and has worked in Washington twice.
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