The five bills that the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets discussed in July 2019 seek to pressure the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) to establish rules and metrics for corporate reporting on all or some of seven categories: climate risk; annual ESG disclosures based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework; gender pay ratios; human capital management; human rights; political spending; and tax disclosure.

But there will be little if any Republican support for the five bills if Rep. Bill Huizenga (R.-Mich.), the top Republican on the subcommittee, speaks for his party. Huizenga seconded SEC ­Commissioner Hester Peirce’s statement before the SEC’s Investor ­Advisory Committee in December that ESG stands for “enabling shareholder graft.”

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