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    Securities Commission Malaysia Updates The Malaysian Code On Corporate Governance To Promote Board Leadership And Oversight Of Sustainability

    The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) today issued an update of the Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance (MCCG), which sees the introduction of new best practices and further guidance to strengthen the corporate governance culture of listed companies. The 2021 update focused on, among others, board policies and practices on the selection and nomination processes/criteria for directors, and further guidance for practices with low levels of adoption as reported in the SC’s annual Corporate Governance Monitor reports. The MCCG 2021 also focuses on the role of the board and senior management in addressing sustainability risks and opportunities of the company. The last update of the MCCG was in 2017 and the SC has observed encouraging adoption of the Code by listed companies since then with majority of the best practices recording adoption levels of more than 70%.

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    United States: Gender Diversity Survey – 2020 Proxy Season Results

    Fenwick's gender diversity survey provides unique insight into women's participation at the most senior levels of technology and life sciences public companies on the Fenwick - Bloomberg Law Silicon Valley 150 List (SV 150) and the large public companies of the Standard & Poor's 100 Index (S&P 100). The report reviews public filings beginning in 1996 (the first year for which electronic filings with the SEC were broadly made in the EDGAR system) through the 2020 proxy season to analyze the gender makeup of boards, board leadership, board committees and executive management teams, in the two groups, with special comparisons showing how the 15 largest companies in the SV 150 by revenue (SV Top 15) fare. The SV Top 15 are the peers of the large public companies included in the S&P 100.

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  • Responsible Investment

    EU aims to stamp out greenwashing with disclosure requirements for sustainable investing funds

    Can the European Union stamp out greenwashing? As of Wednesday, fund managers who market environmental, social, and governance (ESG) financial products will face regulations that force them to show exactly how they meet those standards.

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  • Corporate Governance

    Nasdaq reviews feedback and proposes changes to board diversity plan

    Proposal generates more than 200 comment letters Nasdaq has responded to the many comments on its board diversity proposal, including making some tweaks to the plan. Nasdaq in December filed a proposal with the SEC to adopt new listing rules that would require companies to have – or explain why they do not have – at least two diverse directors, including one who self-identifies as female and one who self-identifies as either an under-represented minority or LGBTQ+. Listed companies would also have to disclose diversity statistics regarding their board.

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  • Responsible Investment

    Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation – new ESG challenges for asset managers

    The SFDR is part of the European Commission’s package of reforms to implement its sustainable finance strategy. The strategy focuses on three areas:

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  • Responsible Investment

    Korea to Require ESG Disclosures from Listed Companies

    Large companies will have to disclose ESG information from 2025. This will expand to all KOSPI-listed companies from 2030.

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  • Corporate Governance

    Singapore bourse tightens auditing rules after string of scandals

    Corporate misconduct has hit stock market liquidity and valuations, discouraging listings

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  • Responsible Investment

    Tokyo bourse sets out sustainable investing pathway

    With more market players taking into consideration the environmental and social impact of their investment decisions, Tokyo Stock Exchange Inc. and its parent company made available a handbook to assist listed firms identify, track and disclose their ethical credentials.

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  • Responsible Investment

    EU Will Drive Climate Disclosure Regulation Much Like GDPR

    Discussions around climate disclosure requirements for businesses are accelerating due to the immense environmental, social, and corporate governance pressures on companies from institutional investors and consumers encouraging regulators to provide guidelines.

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  • Responsible Investment

    UK to make climate risk reports mandatory for large companies

    Rishi Sunak says disclosures will be mandatory within five years as part of net-zero plans

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  • Responsible Investment

    N.Y. regulator is first to issue climate guidance for banks, credit unions

    The New York State Department of Financial Services is calling on financial institutions it supervises to begin taking account of the financial risks posed by increasingly frequent and severe climate events.

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  • Responsible Investment

    CalPERS gets tougher on companies over compensation

    When it comes to executive compensation issues at the corporations in CalPERS' portfolio, pension fund officials have made corporate board member actions personal.

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  • Corporate Governance

    California governor signs corporate boardroom diversity law

    Hundreds of California-based corporations must have directors from racial or sexual minorities on their boards under a first-in-the-nation bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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  • Responsible Investment

    One of Sweden’s Biggest Investors Starts ESG Pressure Campaign

    Alecta, a Swedish pension fund with about $110 billion under management, wants to take active investing to a new level to force the companies it owns to be more ethical.

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  • Corporate Governance

    FSC announces framework for Capital Market Roadmap to be launched by year-end

    In addition to launching the “Corporate Governance 3.0 – Sustainable Development Roadmap” on August 25 earlier this year, the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) is currently developing a roadmap for the capital market, in response to capital market developments and the three main trends of ESG, digital technologies, and an aging society.

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  • Responsible Investment

    GISD Alliance Issues Recommendations to Scale up SDG Financing

    The Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance (GISD) is calling for specific actions to fund the SDGs by aligning and renewing both public and private sector collaborative efforts. The Alliance’s report proposes 64 recommendations to harmonize and scale SDG financing and investment, with particular attention to the European Union (EU).

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  • Responsible Investment

    Taiwan Launches New ESG Dashboard, Partnering FTSE Russell, ISS ESG, MSCI and Sustainalytics

    Taiwan Depository & Clearing Corporation (TDCC), the central securities depository of Taiwan, today launched a new solution, Taiwan ESG Dashboard, to help issuers and investors access ESG ratings of Taiwanese companies.

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  • Responsible Investment

    ESG disclosure 'firmly in the mainstream' for corporate reporting

    New analysis of global reporting frameworks and requirements for corporate sustainability has found that environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure is becoming a crucial aspect of corporate transparency.

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  • Responsible Investment

    NBIM calls for harmonised EU supply chain due diligence approach

    Norway’s oil fund is calling on the European Commission to harmonise the approach to supply chain due diligence in Europe as part of a planned renewed sustainable finance strategy.

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  • Responsible Investment

    Regulator-led forum publishes climate-risk guide

    Money managers and other financial services firms should work with portfolio companies to help improve climate-related disclosures, according to a regulator-backed guide published Monday.

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