December 1, 2021

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New Zealand will force the financial sector to report on the environmental impact of its investments |  Unprecedented action

New Zealand will force the financial sector to report on the environmental impact of its investments | Unprecedented action

Became New Zealand The financial sector is the first country to report on the environmental impact of its investments, After the approval of the law proposed by the administration led by Jacinta Artern.

“We have an opportunity to pave the way for other countries to force disclosure Impact on climate. New Zealand is a world leader in this regard and the first country in the world to force a report on the financial sector, “said James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change.

Ocean Country will force banks, insurers and investment managers to explain How they manage the risks and opportunities associated with the effects on the environment.

“Financial services and markets play a key role in transforming New Zealand into a green and carbon-neutral future,” Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark said in the same statement.

What the law says

The law considers 200 companies in the country submit their reports from 2023 and will affect all banks, Registered credit unions and mortgage credit unions, as well as investment managers and insurers with assets of more than NZ $ 1 billion (US $ 717 million or $ 6,616 million).

The new rules will also be affected To the issuer of all shares and loans listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange, NZX, and more than NZ $ 1 billion public companies.

The Ordnance Labor government promised it New Zealand will reach carbon neutral by 2050 Because more than half of the country’s cars will be electric by 2035. In December it also declared a climate emergency in its territory.