(Reuters) – The US Securities and Exchange Commission continued on Wednesday to increase its focus on climate-related investment risks and named it a 2021 priority alongside fintech and conflicts of interest for brokers and investment advisers.
The SEC has already taken steps under President Joe Biden to increase scrutiny of how companies deal with the issue, from warning public companies, they will review their information on the subject to warn investors to be careful about investing in so-called environmental , Social and Governance (ESG Funds.
On Wednesday, SEC Executive Vice President Allison Herren Lee said the agency's investigation department will focus on ESG risks by examining proxy voting policies and practices to ensure compliance.
"Through these and other efforts, we are integrating climate and ESG considerations into the Agency's broader regulatory framework," she said in the statement. [1
Conflicts of interest for brokers and investors Advisers and risks related to the fintech industry were two other issues on the audit's priority list, which the SEC announces each year. said the agency on Wednesday. Catalog