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Institutional Investors Call on U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to Implement Financial Market Reforms

According to a recent news release,

"A coalition of institutional investors from around the globe today released a list of financial market reform priorities that they believe are necessary to protect shareowner rights and bolster investor confidence.

The 14 pension funds and plan sponsors representing $1.6 trillion in assets called on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to complete what they called 'unfinished business' in the wake of the financial crisis.

The list of financial market reform priorities – entitled An Investor’s Framework for the Future: Financial Market Reform Priorities for the SEC – outlines six initiatives that the SEC should complete, including:

Appoint the Investor Advisory Committee to provide the Commission with investors’ perspectives on regulatory issues; appoint the Investor Advocate to champion investor rights.

Renew rulemaking for universal proxy access so that investors can propose directors for boards on a level playing field with management.

Adopt final rules on the remaining executive compensation reforms under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act;

Continue work on International Financial Reporting Standards to ensure high quality accounting in global markets.

Provide for an accountable and transparent ratings system with full disclosure on data and models used to develop securities ratings. Develop an independent mechanism to track the accuracy and effectiveness of the ratings process and complete the study of financing alternatives for credit rating agencies.

Clarify and ensure compliance with the Commission’s interpretive guidance on climate risk disclosures. Include climate change disclosure and the process for including diversity considerations into the corporate board nomination process in the newly created Investor Advisory Committee’s overall mandate to provide advice and recommendations. Ensure that relevant environmental, social, governance (otherwise known as sustainability issues) and diversity reporting is integrated into financial reporting frameworks."