In the last two years, a number of regional laws have started to take into account climate change in the context of financial investment. In Europe, regulation 2019/2088 and 2020/852 have introduced rules concerning sustainability related disclosure in financial services and on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investments. Singapore Government unveiled its Green Plan 2030, a “whole-of-nation movement” to advance the national agenda on sustainable development with ambitious green targets for the next 10 years.On 14 April 2021, New Zealand became the first country in the world to introduce climate change laws targeted at the financial sector. Governments are developing policies, guidelines, regulations and initiatives to promote sustainable and responsible businesses. Organisations are also embracing and integrating sustainability in their operations. What trends in the legal, regulatory and policy landscape are expected in the light of these developments, and what impact will these have on business strategies and business operations? This session seeks to explore the Asia and EU perspective on how climate change laws may affect business compliance risks and business costs, and issues that legal professionals need to be mindful of as they navigate this new landscape.
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