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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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2007 Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG)
2007-12-18 Commission adopts Communication on Financial Education
2007-12-13 Commission impact assessment on transfer of registered office
2007-10-03 Speech McCreevy before JURI Committee
2007-07-19 Commission consults on possible European Private Company Statute
2007-07-12 Commission communication on simplifying EU rules on company law, accounting and auditing
2007-07-12 FEE: Simplification should not be simplistic
2007-06-28 Speech McCreevy on forthcoming issues on Company law and corporate governance
2007-06-06 CESR advice on equivalence of third countries GAAP
2007-06-05 Speech Olson on impact of Sarbanes-Oxley Act on small business
2007-06-04 Commission study on proportionality between capital and control in EU listed companies
2007-03-19 IOSCO survey on regulation of non-audit services
2007-03-19 FESE survey on share ownership structure in Europe 2006
2007-03-07 IOSCO final report on board independence of listed companies
2007-02-27 Commission report on Member States’ implementation of Takeover Bids Directive
2007-02-01 LEAR study on ex-post review of Commission Merger Control Decisions
2007-01-22 AMF report on Corporate Governance

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