Whistleblowers who report violations of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) requirements serve a vital role in protecting investors, ensuring that corporations do not violate environmental laws, and are governed according to the strict requirements of the US securities laws. Compliance with ESG requirements serves both public interests and protects investors from damages related to environmental factors such as climate change.
Former SEC Acting Chair and Commissioner Allison Herren Lee helped propel ESG issues to the forefront of the agency’s agenda. She launched an enforcement task force to evaluate and pursue tips, referrals, and whistleblower complaints on ESG-related issues, helped craft rules that directed the SEC to gather public input on corporate climate change disclosures, and helped clamp down on “greenwashing.” She is recognized as the national and international leader on ESG issues.
Former Commissioner Lee leads KKC’s groundbreaking efforts to ensure that SEC rules governing environmental ESG issues are strictly enforced, and that whistleblowers who raise ESG issues can benefit from the best representation available anywhere in the United States.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors are increasingly important to investors and stakeholders who want to invest in companies that demonstrate responsible and sustainable practices.
However, some companies may engage in fraudulent practices related to their ESG practices, such as misrepresenting their sustainability practices, social impact, or corporate governance to make them seem more responsible and sustainable than they actually are. If you are aware of ESG fraud or regulatory violations happening at your company, you have the right to anonymously and confidentially report your concerns to the SEC and qualify for large financial rewards, if your information holds the wrongdoer’s accountable.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has increased enforcement efforts against ESG-related misconduct. Through the SEC Whistleblower Program, qualified whistleblowers, individuals who voluntarily report original information that leads to a successful enforcement action, are entitled to monetary awards and anti-retaliation protections. Examples of enforcement actions taken by the SEC are set forth in the below list.
Statements on ESG
Climate Related Disclosures