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Corporate Reporting on ESG Issues Would be Mandatory in House Bill

July 10, 2019, 9:02 PM

A new draft bill in the House would mandate corporate reporting on environmental, social, and governance issues.

Many companies voluntarily report on ESG, as it’s known, as investors show more interest in issues like climate change and workforce diversity. But investors say an ESG reporting standard is needed because current disclosures aren’t consistent enough to compare across companies.

“This is about protecting investors and our economy and our environment,” Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), the bill’s sponsor, said July 10 at a hearing for a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee. He said the bill is not meant to publicly...

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