Launch of State Alliance Against “ESG Investing”

March 21, 2023

On March 16, 2023 the Republican governors of 19 states announced an alliance led by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, to “push back against President Biden’s environmental, social, corporate governance (ESG) agenda that is destabilizing the American economy and the global financial system.” In their joint statement, the 19 state governors explained their intention to “work together and leverage [their] state pension funds to force change in how major asset managers invest the money of hardworking Americans, ensuring corporations are focused on maximizing shareholder value, rather than the proliferation of woke ideology.” The statement references the Department of Labor Rule that permits retirement plan fiduciaries to consider ESG-related factors in their decision-making and President Biden’s intention to veto a congressional measure to repeal the rule.

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