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Our ESG coverage includes specialist sub-categories for environmental and governance policies.

'Green finance' generally refers to the process of taking due account of environmental and social considerations when making investment decisions, leading to increased investment in longer-term and sustainable activities.

More specifically, environmental considerations refer to climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as the environment more broadly and the related risks (e.g. natural disasters). Social considerations may refer to issues of inequality, inclusiveness, labour relations, investment in human capital and communities.

The governance of public and private institutions, including management structures, employee relations and executive remuneration, plays a fundamental role in ensuring the inclusion of social and environmental considerations in the decision-making process.

All three components – environmental, social and governance (ESG) – are integral parts of sustainable economic development and finance.

In the EU's policy context green finance is understood as finance to support economic growth while reducing pressures on the environment and taking into account social and governance aspects. Green finance also encompasses transparency on risks related to ESG factors that may impact the financial system, and the mitigation of such risks through the appropriate governance of financial and corporate actors. European Commission Overview


Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG)






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2006 Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG)
2006-11-28 IOSCO consultation report on board independence of listed companies
2006-10-31 Times: Sarbanes-Oxley may have gone too far, says Cheney
2006-09-25 Adoption of amended Second Company Law Directive
2006-08-10 FT: US moves to ease Sarbox regulation
2006-07-24 Statement and Recommendation from the European Corporate Governance Forum
2006-07-24 Council decision on public limited liability companies
2006-07-17 New Commission expert group on accounting
2006-06-27 FRC publishes Updated Combined Code
2006-06-14 Adoption of Directive on Responsibility of Board members
2006-05-22 Council updates legal framework on annual accounts
2006-05-16 FESE response on Modernising Company Law and Enhancing Corporate Governance
2006-03-14 EP approved amendment of second Company Law Directive
2006-01-18 AMF published second report on Corporate Governance and Internal Control

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