Katayun Jaffari and Linsey Stillwell, Cozen O'Connor. Katayun Jaffari and Linsey Stillwell, Cozen O’Connor.

The topic of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria has garnered increased attention by investors in recent years and has emerged as an increasingly important and popular metric by which potential investors evaluate investment opportunities. While ESG has increasingly risen to the forefront of investor considerations, public companies demonstrate significant discrepancies in their approach to ESG disclosures. Let’s take a look at the current state of disclosure requirements as well as how companies are approaching ESG disclosure demands and the opponents to such demands.

Beginning with the more global approach, international organizations including the United Nations and the World Economic Forum have called for increased ESG disclosures, demonstrating the international community’s acknowledgement of the importance of ESG in organizational, especially public company, governance and investing.

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