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Chinese regulators designated 18 credit rating and accounting agencies as the country’s first officially approved green bond certification authorities to regulate the fast-growing market, as reported by Caixin on September 22. The Green Bond Standards Committee (GBSC), affiliated with China’s National Association of Financial Market...

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) will expedite the formulation of management guidelines for recycling new energy vehicle (NEV) batteries, as reported by China Daily on September 19. According to MIIT official Huang Libin, the ministry will keep looking for technical advancements in...

Mizuho Financial Group (MHFG) [8411:JP], the controller of Japanese megabank Mizuho Bank, has issued a EUD800m (USD796.2m) green bond to finance environmental-friendly projects, as reported by ESG Today on September 5. This represents the largest euro-denominated green bond issued by a Japanese financial institute. This...

The China Securities Regulatory Commission and the US Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) have inked an agreement for cooperation in regards to the inspection of audit documents of US-listed Chinese companies, as reported by Reuters on August 27. According to the agreement, the US...

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida promised on May 20 to mandate big enterprises to report gender wage gaps, as reported by Reuters on the same day. The new rules, aiming to solve long-term gender-based inequalities, will cover 17,650 companies with more than 301 employees. The...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) [2330:TT] vows to use up to 2% of its annual revenue for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives, as part of its plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, as reported by Nikkei Asia on March 23. The annual ESG...

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