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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


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2016 Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG)
2016-12-21 ESMA proposes new digital format for issuers’ financial reporting
2016-12-12 Bank of England: Financial statements - responses to Chapter 3 of CP17/16 - PS36/16
2016-12-09 Shareholders' rights in EU companies: Presidency strikes deal with Parliament
2016-12-08 Accountancy Europe: The FEE takes on a new identity
2016-12-06 ACCA: Rise of the robots is the advent of accounting
2016-12-01 PLSA: Pension funds say executive pay is too high
2016-11-29 PLSA welcomes Government consultation on executive pay
2016-11-29 UK Government: Corporate governance reform
2016-11-24 AFME welcomes publication of Insolvency Directive
2016-11-22 ACCA response to the new European Commission Directive on preventive restructuring frameworks and second chance for entrepreneurs
2016-11-17 IFAC: Accountancy profession critical in fight against fraud and corruption
2016-11-01 PLSA responds to BEIS Select Committee corporate governance consultation
2016-10-28 EBA reviews its guidelines on internal governance
2016-09-29 IFAC: IAESB guidance promotes awareness and proper application of International Accounting Education entry requirements
2016-09-28 Bank of England: Strengthening accountability, remuneration rules and whistleblowing
2016-07-14 IFAC: IESBA redefines accountants’ ethical role when laws and regulations broken
2016-06-24 EFAA: Report on implementation of the EU Accounting Directive
2016-06-17 ACCA: The New Accounting Directive: A harmonised European Accounting Framework?
2016-06-09 ACCA: Entrepreneurs are missing vital financial skills to ensure the success of their businesses
2016-06-07 WSBI-ESBG response on the standardised measurement approach for operational risk
2016-06-01 ACCA: Professional accountants - the future
2016-05-27 ACCA expresses concern over delays in Whole of Government Accounts publication
2016-05-26 FEE: Simplified prospectus for SMEs
2016-05-20 Market Integrity Insights: Novel proposals on corporate reporting reforms - Will investor needs be met?
2016-05-12 IFAC: Accountants, lawyers resolve to fight corruption
2016-04-29 ACCA and KPMG: Businesses blind to customer buying habits
2016-04-29 Bank of England: Regulatory reporting of financial statements, forecast capital data and IFRS 9 requirements
2016-04-28 EuropeanIssuers: Shareholder identification in the context of the revision of the Shareholder Rights Directive
2016-04-21 IFAC: IPSASB publishes the applicability of IPSASs
2016-04-18 FEE responds to IESBA's proposed revisions to the structure of the Code – Phase 1
2016-04-15 FEE responds to IPSASB proposed amendments to IPSAS 25 on employee benefits
2016-04-01 FEE highlights the key benefits of adopting accrual accounting
2016-03-22 ECIIA: Governance gap in Europe’s cyber laws
2016-03-18 ACCA: Leading professional services firms join together to enable more apprenticeships
2016-02-23 ACCA /IMA: Cybersecurity – Fighting Crime’s Enfant Terrible
2016-02-11 ACCA: CCAB calls for informed debate on EU Reform
2016-01-20 EU-Japan High Level Meeting on Financial Issues
2016-01-14 IFAC: IAESB´s guidance on implementing a learning outcomes approach for professional accounting education

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