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DOL releases final ESG Rule

On November 22, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rule for retirement plan fiduciaries wishing to incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into their investment selection and monitoring process.

This final rule will modify and reverse certain amendments to the Investment Duties regulation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Under the rule, as the DOL states that fiduciaries may consider climate change and other collateral benefits when making investment decisions and exercising shareholder rights. However, there is no requirement to incorporate such considerations.

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