General Session with Elisse Walter - The Evolution of Regulatory and Sustainability Disclosures: What are the Latest Trends?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | 3:30PM - 4:15PM | Room: Coquina Ballroom  |   General Session

 |  Elisse Walter | Peggy Foran | Mickey Foster |

Increasingly mainstream investors believe that sustainability factors affect the financial condition or operating performance of companies, and thus affect investors’ decisions on whether to buy, sell, or hold a security. While many companies disclose sustainability information in both mandatory filings and voluntary channels, it’s often not “investment-grade.” Only 29% of investors express confidence in the quality of the ESG information they receive. At this session, former SEC Chair, Elisse Walter, will share her insights on how companies can provide ESG disclosure that better suits investor needs.
Learning Objectives:
  • What factors have contributed to increased investor demand for sustainability disclosure?
  • If more mainstream investors are incorporating ESG into their decision-making processes, why aren’t companies receiving more questions about ESG on earnings calls?
  • How are companies currently disclosing sustainability information, and in what ways does existing disclosure fall short of investor needs?
  • What steps can companies take to provide more decision-useful information to investors?