August was a busy month on the regulatory front as global policymakers continue to grapple with the "unequivocal human influence" on climate change and extreme climate events. Companies are also looking to help, with many committing to reduced carbon emissions over time. Without standardization, however, it is important to check under the hood to determine the viability of "Net Zero" pledges and long-term business implications - and to identify potential greenwashing. Diligent ESG analysis should also apply to social and governance factors, such as diversity, equity, and includion (DEI) and data security, where greenwashing (and negative financial outcomes) has been increasing.
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