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What SEC's Climate Disclosure Rule Could Mean for Students and Job Seekers

by Zetian "Tim" Zhang, Associate Consultant, Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change WSP USA

Published 04-06-22

Submitted by WSP

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Originally published by GreenBiz

Recent media coverage of the SEC’s proposal on climate risk and emission disclosure has focused on the impact for companies and their investors. But what about their talent pool — the rising cohort of students and job seekers? How could they be best prepared in this emerging job market?

To answer these questions, let’s first talk about the core problem the SEC proposed rule is trying to solve.

This rule is expected to change the current situation of voluntary disclosure of ESG information by U.S.-listed companies and, at the same time, standardize the information disclosed. The core issues involved in the proposal: corporate climate risk and carbon emission information — core ESG topics that capital is concerned about. Therefore, this proposal is expected to encourage investors to conduct more effective ESG risk analyses of companies, which can also be more effective.

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