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Mar 04, 2021
The evolving environment for ESG reporting in Canada
ESG considerations are playing an increasingly important role across Canadian companies’ functions. This includes at the board level where directors are tasked with overseeing ESG-related risks and opportunities, or at the operational level where management is dealing with matters such as supply chain management. As a result, ESG disclosure – whether mandatory or voluntary – by Canadian public companies ...
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Mar 04, 2021
Nasdaq reviews feedback and proposes changes to board diversity plan
Nasdaq has responded to the many comments on its board diversity proposal, including making some tweaks to the plan. Nasdaq in December filed a proposal with the SEC to adopt new listing rules that would require companies to have – or explain why they do not have – at least two diverse directors, including one who self-identifies as female and one who self-identifies as either an under-represented minority or LGBTQ+. Listed companies would also have to disclose ...
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Mar 04, 2021
Opinion: How virtual shareholder meetings minimize environmental impact
In the wake of pandemic disruption, more issuers than ever held virtual shareholder meetings (VSMs) in 2020. Taking advantage of the latest technologies, companies found that VSMs can maximize convenience and create a rewarding shareholder experience. The cost savings were a great perk, too.   But there’s another side of the story we don’t usually talk about: VSMs generate significantly lower carbon emissions than in-person meetings. This is especially importan...
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Mar 03, 2021
Senators eye diversity, climate and political spending at Gensler hearing
Disagreements between Democrats and Republicans over the SEC’s role in addressing matters such as climate change, political spending and diversity were highlighted at a congressional hearing on Tuesday. Members of the Senate Banking Committee gathered virtually to question Gary Gensler and Rohit Chopra as President Joe Biden’s picks to lead the SEC and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, respectively. Among other things, discussion returned multiple times to m...
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Mar 02, 2021
Post-IPO Apria hires general counsel
Nasdaq-listed Apria has hired Michael-Bryant Hicks as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. He is based in Apria’s Indianapolis headquarters. Before joining home healthcare equipment provider Apria, Hicks worked at Elanco Animal Health as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Prior to that he held general counsel positions at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and the Providence Service Corporation. Hicks...
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Mar 01, 2021
Metromile hires general counsel
Newly public Metromile has hired Junna Ro as general counsel. Ro joins Metromile having spent more than 15 years with CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA insurer and a major personal lines property and casualty insurance group. At CSAA, she was vice president, chief ethics and compliance officer and associate general counsel with responsibility for the corporate compliance and ethics, privacy, product forms and employment law functions. She was previously corporate c...
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Feb 26, 2021
SEC’s Lee puts climate disclosure on the agenda
Acting SEC chair Allison Herren Lee has taken action on corporate reporting around climate change. Lee on Wednesday issued a statement announcing that she has directed the division of corporation finance to ‘enhance its focus on climate-related disclosure in public company filings,’ noting that the SEC in February 2010 issued guidance on existing disclosure requirements as they apply to climate chan...
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