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House Oversight Committee Holds Its First ESG Hearing – An Overview for Asset Managers

The House Committee on Oversight and Accountability recently held a hearing titled “ESG Part I: an Examination of Environmental, Social, and Governance Practices with Attorneys General.” The hearing covered a range of topics, including fiduciary duties, antitrust and consumer protection, proxy voting, ERISA, and the banking, insurance and utilities industries. In this Alert, we unpack the nearly four-hour hearing and where it fits into the broader debate over ESG integration by asset managers.

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State Regulation of ESG Investment Decision-making by Public Retirement Plans: An Updated Survey - October 2022

Time to Read: 1 minutes Practices: ESG, CSR and Business and Human Rights, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits, Asset Management ESG

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Ropes & Gray is actively tracking the rapidly evolving state approaches to regulating ESG investments by state retirement systems. Since last circulating our multi-state survey in August, we have seen a flurry of activity, including state treasury divestitures from a major asset manager and coalitions forming between pro- and anti-ESG states. In addition to both proposed and enacted legislation, we are also seeing state treasurers updating investment policy statements to expressly exclude consideration of ESG factors when making investment decisions. These actions show that states may act in the ESG space even without actually passing new laws.

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Stay tuned for the launch of our interactive website dedicated to these regulatory and legislative developments, which will serve as a one-stop resource for state ESG thought leadership and regular updates to our comprehensive state survey. You can also check out our latest podcast ESG and the State Coffers: An Emerging Political Background for additional discussion of state ESG developments.

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