Tag: ESG

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AUSTRALIA: ASIC Starts 2023 with Focus on Greenwashing
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AUSTRALIA: Climate and sustainability-related financial disclosure reforms on the horizon
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AUSTRALIA: ASIC gears up enforcement activity
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Australian Regulatory Update – 14 November 2022
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JAPAN: Proposed Code of Conduct for ESG Evaluation and Data Providers Presents Significant Implications for Asset Management and Investor Communities

AUSTRALIA: ASIC Starts 2023 with Focus on Greenwashing

By Jim Bulling and Anabelle Weinberg

ASIC has brought in the New Year with a focus on green-washing, issuing infringement notices against two different companies, one a superannuation fund trustee and the second being an energy company. The corporations have paid $13,320 and $39,960 respectively in compliance with the infringement notices, noting that payment of such infringement notices is not an admission of guilty or liability.

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AUSTRALIA: Climate and sustainability-related financial disclosure reforms on the horizon

By Jim Bulling and Anabelle Weinberg

1. Australian Government consults on climate-related financial disclosure framework

The Australian Government has released a consultation paper seeking feedback on the design and implementation of their commitment to a standardised, internationally-aligned climate-related financial disclosure framework.  The framework proposes a ‘phased’ approach where the increased disclosure obligations apply initially to large, listed entities and financial institutions, and be later expanded to smaller firms. 

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AUSTRALIA: ASIC gears up enforcement activity

By Jim Bulling and Anabelle Weinberg

1. ASIC takes further action on greenwashing

ASIC has issued three infringement notices to investment manager Vanguard Investments Australia Ltd (Vanguard) in further action against alleged greenwashing.

ASIC was concerned that Product Disclosure Statements for the Vanguard International Shares Select Exclusions Index Funds may have misled the public by overstating an investment screen which claimed to prevent investment in companies involved in significant tobacco sales. 

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Australian Regulatory Update – 14 November 2022

By Jim Bulling and Anabelle Weinberg

1. Bitcoin plunges as FTX Trading files for bankruptcy – calls for more transparency from crypto exchanges

Bitcoin has plunged following the fall of FTX Trading (FTX). It remains unclear when or if traders will be able to recoup their money from FTX.

In response to the collapse of FTX and in an effort to retain confidence in their platforms, a number of large crypto exchanges have published Proof of Reserves showing that the levels of assets that they hold match their liabilities to customers.

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JAPAN: Proposed Code of Conduct for ESG Evaluation and Data Providers Presents Significant Implications for Asset Management and Investor Communities

By Yuki Sako

On 12 July 2022, as widely anticipated, the Financial Services Agency of Japan (“FSA”) proposed “the Code of Conduct for ESG Evaluation and Data Providers” (“Proposed Code”), and is soliciting comments from the public until 5 September 2022.

The stated focus of the Proposed Code is to provide a set of principles and guidelines for ESG evaluation and data providers (“Provider(s)”) that would require Providers who decide to endorse such code to “comply or explain” such code, i.e., a Provider would be required to comply with, or provide an explanation as to why the Provider is departing from, such code.

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