A Chat With SEC Chairman Jay Clayton on ESG

A Chat With SEC Chairman Jay Clayton on ESG
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On June 23, 2020, Jay Clayton, Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) discussed his perspectives on long-term investing, sustainability and the role of disclosures during a webinar hosted by FCLTGlobal, a non-profit organization that develops research and tools that encourage long-term investing and business decision-making.

While environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters are grouped by some into a single category, Chairman Clayton reiterated his view “E,” “S” and “G” matters are different and lumping them together into one score diminishes their usefulness. Chairman Clayton recognizes companies may have significant E or S or G issues that are various in nature. He believes it is important to understand how management looks at these issues and encourages dialogue between companies and investors on these topics.

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